Susanna Fairbairn soprano
Rebecca Afonwy Jones mezzo-soprano
Jess Dandy alto
Stuart Jackson tenor
James Newby bass
Three Choirs Festival Chorus
Geraint Bowen conductor
Handel (arr. Mendelssohn) Israel in Egypt (UK concert premiere) 83'
One of Handel’s most dramatic and exciting oratorios, Israel in Egypt tells the biblical story of the Israelites’ slavery in Egypt and their escape across the Red Sea. The ten plagues descending on the Egyptians are astoundingly descriptive: pelting hail and the buzzing flies and locusts are vividly conjured in sound. This arrangement by Mendelssohn, created for his own large chorus, has never been heard in concert in the UK.
Supported by the Gloucester Chairman’s Circle