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7:30 PM , Royal Festival Hall , London

The Apostles

Isle of Noises

Elgar The Apostles 

Martyn Brabbins conductor
Elizabeth Watts The Angel Gabriel/The Blessed Virgin Mary* 
Alice Coote Mary Magdalene/Narrator 2 
Allan Clayton John/Narrator 1 
Roderick Williams Jesus 
David Stout Peter 
Brindley Sherratt Judas 
London Philharmonic Choir
BBC Symphony Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra


At the peak of his fame, and height of his genius, Elgar threw all his creative power into a single epic project: a trilogy of choral works that told the story of early Christianity not (as he put it) with ‘hymn tunes and rubbish’, but as a sweeping, deeply-felt human drama, glowing with colour and emotion. Written for huge forces and filled with music that goes straight to the heart, The Apostles is the closest Elgar ever got to writing an opera. With a cast made up of top operatic talent, it will be an experience to touch the soul.

There will be a 20-minute interval between Parts 1 & 2, at approximately 8.45pm.

Part of the Contemporaries subscription series.

*Please note change of artists from previously advertised

Following surgery in the middle of August to release a trapped nerve in his neck, and under medical advice, Sir Mark Elder has very reluctantly decided to cancel his forthcoming engagements. This will give him time for the fullest possible recuperation. We are delighted that Martyn Brabbins has kindly agreed to step in for this concert at short notice. 

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