Elijah – St Albans Bach Choir
St Albans Bach Choir with the St Albans Cathedral Choir, the Abbey Girls Choir and the Abbey Singers with Sinfonia Verdi
Rachel Nichols (soprano), Anna Harvey (contralto), Ed Lyon (tenor) and Gareth Brynmor John (baritone)
From its first performances in 1846, Elijah was hailed as one of the most popular oratorios of its time, alongside Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation, and confirmed Mendelssohn as one of the greatest composers of sacred music. The dramatic story of the quarrelsome prophet is told with imaginative orchestration and bold choral effects.