The Hallé - The Apostles

Sir Mark Elder conductor

Saturday 10 June 2023 6.00pm

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Event Timings
Auditorium Doors: 5.30pm
Concert Start: 6.00pm
Interval: 7.15pm
Second half: 7.35pm
Finish: 8.35pm

Timings will be updated closer to the concert date. Please check the website on the afternoon of the performance for up-to-date information. All timings are approximate and are subject to change.​

The Hallé - The Apostles

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Elgar The Apostles

Sir Mark Elder conductor
Sophie Bevan* soprano The Angel Gabriel/The Blessed Virgin Mary
Alice Coote mezzo-soprano Mary Magdalene
Ed Lyon tenor John
Roderick Williams baritone Jesus
David Stout BASS baritone Peter
Brindley Sherratt bass Judas
9 Apostles from the Royal Northern College of Music
Hallé Choir choral director matthew hamilton
London Philharmonic Choir artistic director Neville Creed

*Sophie Bevan has replaced Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha who is unable to perform owing to illness

The Apostles was composed for the 1903 Birmingham Festival, its seeds sown by a teacher’s remark Elgar never forgot: ‘Christ’s disciples were young men, and very poor, perhaps no cleverer than some of you here.’ For Sir Mark, it’s the closest Elgar came to writing an opera and he particularly admires its opening – ‘the mystical introduction, then dawn over Jerusalem, setting the scene for an epic.’ Elgar again skilfully uses leitmotifs in his portrayal of the characters, particularly the powerful music for Judas. Among the exceptional soloists are 2021 Cardiff Singer of the World, Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, Clive Bayley and Ed Lyons, who makes his Hallé debut. In its review of the Hallé’s recording of The Apostles, BBC Music Magazine commented ‘Elder has perfect control of the large forces and dramatic pacing’.

Elgar’s Oratorios sponsored by: PZ CUSSONS

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