The Apostles


Saturday 10th June 2023

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets (including fees) from £15.50 to £46; Under 30s and full-time student discount available

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Saturday 10 June 2023 - 6pm

Elgar - The Apostles

Sir Mark Elder

Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha (The Angel Gabriel/The Blessed Virgin Mary), soprano
Alice Coote (Mary Magdalene), mezzo-soprano
Ed Lyon (John), tenor
Roderick Williams (Jesus), baritone
David Stout (Peter), baritone
Clive Bayley (Judas), bass

Hallé Choir, choral director Matthew Hamilton

The Apostles was composed for the 1903 Birmingham Festival, its seeds sown by a teacher’s remark Elgar never forgot: ‘Christ’s disciples were young men, and very poor, perhaps no cleverer than some of you here.’ For Sir Mark, it’s the closest Elgar came to writing an opera and he particularly admires its opening – ‘the mystical introduction, then dawn over Jerusalem, setting the scene for an epic.’ Elgar again skilfully uses leitmotifs in his portrayal of the characters, particularly the powerful music for Judas. Among the exceptional soloists are 2021 Cardiff Singer of the World, Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, Clive Bayley and Ed Lyons, who makes his Hallé debut. In its review of the Hallé’s recording of The Apostles, BBC Music Magazine commented ‘Elder has perfect control of the large forces and dramatic pacing’.

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