Sat 21 Mar, Sheldonian Theatre
The Sheldonian Theatre was erected in 1664-8 to a design by Sir Christopher Wren. Its purpose was to provide an appropriate secular venue for the principal meetings and public ceremonies of the University, and this remains its purpose today. In addition the theatre has become a leading venue for musical concerts and recitals. Please note that tickets for concerts cannot be bought at the Sheldonian.
Please note Semi Circle and Upper Gallery seats do not have backrest.
Capacity: 800 - 1000
Facilities: Toilets (also disabled), No bar
Walking: approx. 10 mins
Parking: St Giles parking, Monday - Saturday, 8am - 6.30pm and evenings from 6.30pm, Sunday, 10am - 6.30pm and evenings from 6.30pm - £1.50 up to 30 mins, £3 up to 1 hour, £5 up to 2 hours, £3 for evenings.
The rarely performed 3-part version of Handel's splendid oratorio
Following their critically acclaimed first year, join Opus 48 – Oxfordshire’s newest choral society – and their Music Director David Crown as they continue their second season with the rarely performed three-part version of Handel's showstopper oratorio, Israel in Egypt, in Oxford's spectacular Sheldonian Theatre.
Featuring an overwhelming emphasis on virtuosic and dramatic choral writing, Israel in Egypt, is one of only two oratorios written entirely with Biblical text — the other, of course, is famously his Messiah. Chronicling cornerstones of the Old Testament, this magnificent oratorio charts the journey of the Israelites from the death of Joseph, through to Moses and the plagues of Egypt and culminating in their deliverance after the parting of the Red Sea. Exceptionally evocative, the listener is transported into the soundworlds accompanying buzzing flies, hailstones and thunderstorms.
This epic choral journey of the story of the Exodus will be accompanied by the masterful Musical & Amicable Society, one of the country's leading period-instrument ensembles. Opus 48 will also be joined by one of Britain's leading Baroque sopranos, Joanne Lunn, as well as counter-tenor James Laing and tenor David Webb.
This will truly be a night to remember!
Duration: 2 hours 30mins with interval