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07 May 2016 7:30pm

St Ives Choral Society present Elgar's The Apostles.

Accompanied by Ely Sinfonia
Conducted by Julian Merson

St Ives Choral Society's concert of Elgar's The Apostles offers a rare opportunity to hear one of the great oratorios in the repertoire. Scored for large orchestra, organ, chorus and six soloists the work was conceived as the first part of a trilogy including The Kingdom and The Last Judgement, although only the first two works were ever completed.

The Apostles deals with selected, key moments in the life of Christ, most significantly taken from the perspectives of his followers. Hence, moments such as The Beatitudes are punctuated by comments from his disciples. We hear of the torment felt by Mary Magdalene, Judas Iscariot's torment in the betrayal and Peter's denial. Finally, we hear of Christ's death and Resurrection.

Musically, this is the composer at his very best: soundscapes are vast and typically Elgarian with dramatic depictions of the calming of the storm at sea, and evocative use of leitmotifs including the wonderfully haunting 'prayer motif'. These brilliantly interwoven harmonies and melodies underpin the music, guiding the listener through the narrative, culminating in one of the most beautiful final movements in the choral repertoire.

Tickets £20, £15 (reserved), £10 (unreserved) available from or from ELY CATHEDRAL BOX OFFICE on 01353 660349 (Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm)