Saturday 8 June 2019
St John's RC Church, South Parade, Bath
BCG join forces with Oakfield Choir, Frome in a performance of Elgar's wonderful oratorio The Kingdom.
Maria Danishvar soprano (Mary)
Arabella Heaton mezzo soprano (Mary Magdalene)
Joseph Doody tenor (John)
Craig Bissex baritone (Peter)
Full symphony orchestra conducted by Neil Moore
Following The Dream of Gerontius and The Apostles, the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival commissioned Elgar to produce another large oratorio for the 1906 festival. This was The Kingdom, which continues the narrative of the lives of Jesus's disciples. It depicts the community of the early church, Pentecost, and the events of the next few days.
Elgar had been planning a work depicting the Apostles as ordinary men, reacting to extraordinary events, for many years. His ideas outgrew the confines of a single work: parts of The Kingdom were written before The Apostles, and later Elgar considered them as the first two parts of a trilogy. The Kingdom is, in effect, its slow movement. In the event, the projected third part was never written.
Tickets from Bath Box Office, choir members and on the door