Israel in Egypt tells the story of the plagues of Egypt and the Exodus, as set down in the Book of Exodus and in Psalms 77, 105, and 106. Unlike most oratorios, the plot is not driven by individual passions and actions but presents and celebrates the story of the people of Israel. The chorus, unusually, is the protagonist, with fully three quarters of the work consisting of choral movements – some for double chorus. The solo and duet arias play a relatively minor role as the chorus drives the dramatic story forwards. As one might expect from Handel, Israel is a musically inventive, cohesive and powerful work in which the composer made use of every choral texture in his repertoire: it is full of word painting, where the sound of the music imitates the imagery of the text, thereby enhancing the dramatic effect and sense of excitement.
The concert will be conducted by Clifford Lister, Music Director of both choirs, and there will be six first-class Soloists, some of whom are regular performers with highly-regarded professional groups such as The Sixteen and I Fagiolini.
This is a concert not to be missed. Mark the date in your diary now!
Tickets cost £12 in advance and £15 at the door, accompanied children £2, and may be obtained from Choir members, by telephoning the Ticket Secretary on 01304 620560, or online (see below). There is a charge of £1 per booking for tickets purchased online, to cover PayPal administration and postage costs.
Please note that seating is unreserved.
Date(s) - 04/11/2017