We are delighted to be joined by the Seventy Chamber Choir of Thanet and the Thanet Festival Orchestra for this performance of Handel’s thrilling oratorio Israel in Egypt.
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.
This is a concert not to be missed. Mark the date in your diary now!
Tickets for this concert will be on sale from mid-September 2017.
Date(s) - 04/11/2017