The Dorian Singers, Ipswich Bach Choir and Ipswich Chamber Orchestra joined forces to perform Mendelssohn’s Elijah on 9 May 2015 at St John the Baptist, Felixstowe, with conductor Patrick McCarthy and soloists Julie Roberts, Elaine Henson, Richard Reaville and Nick Fowler.
Many of the larger pieces in the great classical repertoire need more substantial choral forces than most amateur choirs can normally muster. Elijah is one of these, with its opposing choruses calling on the names of Baal and Jehovah, and climactic scenes as fire descends from heaven to ignite the sacrifice. The collaboration of these two choirs in the sweep of its great music provide a wonderful experience for musicians and audience alike, especially when performed (as on this occasion) not only by a large choir but with a full array of soloists and orchestra.
If choral singing and the riches of the classical repertoire interest and attract you, why don’t you consider joining one of these choirs? Both choirs would still welcome more singers. They both rehearse on Wednesday evenings. They are genuinely friendly, and no audition is necessary, though some musical knowledge is helpful.
If this sounds attractive, do get in touch on 01394 283052 or 01394 271538. You will receive a warm reception and find it the start of a wonderful experience.