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Mendelssohn's Elijah

BBC Symphony Orchestra

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A superb cast of soloists joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus for Mendelssohn’s great choral masterpiece of grandeur and soulfulness, his musical telling of the story of the prophet Elijah.

Both Felix Mendelssohn and Sakari Oramo have strong links to the city of Birmingham, which in 1846 saw the premiere of the composer’s grand and spectacular musical telling of events from the life, death and ascension of the prophet Elijah. Oramo gathers a stellar quarter of soloists – including a baritone at the peak of his powers in the title role, Johan Reuter – for this collaboration between the BBC Symphony Orchestra and its Chorus.

Mendelssohn’s work is known for pomp and circumstance, doom and wrath, but this performance is sure to remind us that Elijah is a work of heart, spirit, tenderness and detail too.

This performance will end at approximately 10.20pm, including a 20 minute interval.


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Composer Focus – Episode 5: Jean Sibelius with Sakari Oramo

In the final episode, host Edward Seckerson is joined by BBC Symphony Orchestra conductor Sakari Oramo to discuss his fellow countryman Jean Sibelius, and the themes of nature and Finnish national identity woven throughout his music.

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Barbican Sessions: Roderick Williams and Andrew West


Filmed in an empty Milton Court Concert Hall, baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West perform a beautiful rendition of 'An die Nachtigall' by Johanness Brahms.

Cocktails, concrete and tonnes of charm

Pop into the Martini Bar for a pre-performance tipple, with Happy Hour from 5-6pm

Barbican Hall