Following on from our memorable performance of Elijah in 2014, we are delighted to present Saint Paul, the first of Mendelssohn’s oratorios, written when the composer was in his twenty-sixth year.
The subject offered tremendous dramatic possiblities to the young composer, who rose to the challenge magnificently. Mendelssohn held the choral masterpieces of Handel, Bach and Haydn in high regard, and Saint Paul is modelled on similar lines, with an integrated scheme of recitatives, arias and thrilling choruses telling the story of the Apostle. The text is based largely on The Acts of the Apostles, and there are three principal themes – the martyrdom of Saint Stephen, the conversion of Saint Paul, and the apostle’s subsequent career.
During Mendelssohn’s lifetime, St. Paul was a popular and frequently performed work, but it is now infrequently performed in its entirety. Indeed, as far as we know it has not previously been performed in the Isle of Thanet. This is a great pity as Saint Paul is a compelling piece, full of musical invention and innovation. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear it!
Date(s) - 30/03/2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm