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Handel's "Israel in Egypt"

Charity/Not-for-profit event

Saturday 6th April, 2019 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Launceston Central Methodist Church
PL15 8BA



d In aid of Launceston Choral Society (registered charity 1154682)

Bude & Launceston Choral Societies give you two chances to hear this rarely performed choral work. The work is not often performed by small choral societies because of the number of double choruses. “Israel in Egypt” composed in 1738, the libretto taken mainly from the Book of Exodus tells the story of the Israelites’ slavery in Egypt, the rise of Moses, the plagues upon the Egyptians, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the subsequent rejoicing. The plagues plainly inspired Handel to create some of his most colourful musical effects including frogs, flies, locusts, hailstones and the eerie darkness, which precede the death of the first-born.
The accomplished soloists for both performances will be well-known to many: Elinor Chapman (soprano), Rebecca Smith (mezzo), Leslie Baker (tenor) and Julian Rippon (baritone), with conductor, John Hobbs singing a part in a baritone duet and Nick Danks providing support on the organ.

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