Mendelssohn's Elijah (1846): re-broadcast
ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Jeffrey Skidmore conductor
James Rutherford Elijah
Julia Doyle Soprano I (The Widow, A Youth and An Angel)
Grace Davidson Soprano II
Diana Moore Alto I (An Angel, The Queen)
Lucy Ballard Alto II
Mark Padmore Tenor I (Obadiah)
Nicholas Mulroy Tenor II (Ahab)
James Mustard Bass II
Marcus Farnsworth Bass III
In lieu of broadcasting a concert cancelled during the pandemic, we are delighted that BBC Radio 3 will re-broadcast a concert from our 40th anniversary celebrations, our recreation of the original version of Mendelssohn's Elijah, composed for the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival and premiered at the Town Hall in 1846.
Listen here (from 2 July, 7.30pm for 3 weeks).
The concert was performed on Saturday 18 October 2008, and we were joined by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a wonderful cast of soloists, some of who were embarking on careers as regular young professional singers with Ex Cathedra, and have since enjoyed great success.
Performed on period instruments - including a contrabass ophicleide imported from America! - the concert is informed by the sound-world Mendelssohn knew, and a rare opportunity to hear the 1846 version.
You can find the texts, research and programme notes, and find out more about the contrabass "monstre" ophicleide in the concert programme from 2008 here.