Friday 10 August at 6.45 p.m.
Royal Albert Hall
Elgar: The Apostles (120 mins)
Rebecca Evans soprano (Blessed Virgin/Angel Gabriel)
Alice Coote mezzo-soprano (Mary Magdalene)
Paul Groves tenor (St John/Narrator)
Jacques Imbrailo baritone (Jesus)
Iain Paterson bass-baritone (St Peter)
Clive Bayley bass (Judas)
Hallé Choir (formerly Hallé Chorus)
Hallé Youth Choir
London Philharmonic Choir
Sir Mark Elder conductor
Mark Elder conducts the Hallé and a distinguished cast of singers in one of the English choral tradition's major works: Elgar's dramatic and Biblical oratorio The Apostles. Elgar explores the inner feelings of Judas Iscariot with dramatic intensity, and Christ's anguished cry from the cross becomes a wordless lament.
Elgar conceived the idea for The Apostles as a schoolboy, but the project came to fruition only in 1903 - after both The Dream of Gerontius and a visit to Bayreuth to hear Wagner's The Ring and Parsifal.