Norwich Cathedral chamber choir performs Handel
Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir is preparing to take to the stage on November 16 with a performance of Handel’s musical masterpiece Israel in Egypt.
First performed in London’s King’s Theatre in 1739, the Baroque composer’s great biblical oratorio is inspired by passages from the Old Testament, mainly from Exodus and the Psalms.
Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir’s performance of Israel in Egypt will take place at the Cathedral on Saturday 16 November and the choir will be joined by period music ensemble Norwich Baroque.
Ashley Grote, the Cathedral's Master of Music and who is conducting the concert, said: “I first performed Israel in Egypt as a boy chorister and am tremendously excited to be conducting this amazing piece here in Norwich.
“It is without doubt one of Handel’s most thrilling works: fans of ‘Messiah’ will certainly love it. “Recounting the story of the Exodus from Egypt, Handel’s music depicts in dramatic fashion the great plagues of Egypt with its hailstones, fire, locusts, frogs and flies. The work culminates in a thrilling finale of trumpets and drums, as Pharoah’s horses and chariots are thrown into the sea.”
The soloists for Handel’s Israel in Egypt include Katherine Crompton (Soprano), Kirsty O’Neill (Soprano), Timothy Morgan (Counter tenor), Simon Wall (Tenor), Edward Grint (Bass) and Bradley Travis (Bass).
Norwich Cathedral Chamber Choir features about 50 experienced amateur singers. The choir performs a regular programme of concerts with a broad repertoire that stretches from the 16th century to the present day.
Later this year, the Chamber Choir and Norwich Baroque will also present a second work by Handel. They will treat music fans to their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah by Candlelight at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 21 December at 7.30pm.
Handel’s Israel in Egypt is at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 16 November at 7.30pm.
Tickets £10-£28. Under 18s can buy tickets in the side aisles for just £5.
To book tickets, visit www.cathedral.org.uk, call 01603 630000 or buy in person at Norwich Theatre Royal.
Photo by Paul Hurst
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