Mendelssohn – Elijah

Saturday, 30 November 2013 - 7:30pm

O2 Guildhall Southampton

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Southampton Philharmonic Choir
Southampton University Philharmonic Choir
New London Sinfonia

Erica Eloff (soprano)
Kate Symonds-Joy (mezzo)
Ben Thapa (tenor)
Ashley Riches (bass-baritone)

David Gibson (conductor)


'... intensely dramatic'
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) was probably the greatest child prodigy composer of all time, producing outstanding works throughout his teens and early adulthood – greater even than Mozart’s.
Mendelssohn’s first oratorio, St Paul, written when he was just 27, was a huge success and the composer straight away began planning a second oratorio. Elijah appeared ten years later as a result of a commission from the Birmingham Festival in 1846, a year before his early death.
The resulting work became the Messiah of its day; hugely popular from the first performance. Elijah is the outstanding oratorio of the nineteenth century with its intensely dramatic Old Testament themes thrilling singers and audiences alike. The choral and orchestral range of colour and lyrical intensity have cemented Mendelssohn’s position as a Romantic genius and Elijah’s combination of dramatic themes, fervent passion and expressive opulence will surely maintain that popularity for all time.

Performed in English.

Tickets on sale now, priced at £9, £15, £17 and £20. 

  • Over 60s - £1 discount.
  • “Kids for a Quid” scheme for children 12 and under.
  • Students, older children, job seekers and disabled - £6, £7.50, £8.50 & £10

Group concessions available (phone 023 8083 3612)

Note: Booking fees apply on phone orders from the Guildhall box office and orders made via the Guildhall website. However no booking fees are payable if you:

  • Buy your tickets from a choir member.
  • Buy your tickets directly from the Guildhall Box Office, in person. You can pay by cash, credit or debit card but cheques are not accepted. Tickets may also be bought on the door on the night of the concert, subject to availability.
  • Phone the Guildhall Box Office and ask to reserve your seats. You will be given a booking reference and then you have 5 working days to send payment (cheques only). If you send a SAE (size A6 at least) you will save yourself the standard £1.50 postal charge.

Box office: Civic Centre NorthGuild, Southampton, SO14 7LP; telephone 023 8063 2601; online.