Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah to be performed in concert at Great Yarmouth Minster by a chorus of more than 70 voices

PUBLISHED: 16:03 24 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 24 September 2017

The chorus add the finishing touches to Elijah during a dynamic and productive singing workshop. Picture: Courtesy of Pakefield Singers

The chorus add the finishing touches to Elijah during a dynamic and productive singing workshop. Picture: Courtesy of Pakefield Singers


It has been described as a “thrilling musical project” where a number of singers from across the area look set to “raise the roof” with their performances.

Yesterday (Saturday, September 23) local singers came together in a final all-day rehearsal for an performance of Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorio, Elijah next month.

In a dynamic and productive singing workshop, Vetta Wise – who is a well-known and highly respected choir trainer and voice specialist – fine-tuned the rousing choruses which are a hallmark of the oratorio.

For this collaborative project the host choir – Lowestoft-based Pakefield Singers – has welcomed singers from across the area resulting in a chorus of more than 70 voices.

Reflecting on the day, Vetta Wise said: “The combined chorus is making a splendid sound which is ideally suited to Mendelssohn’s music and they will raise the roof in the Minster!

“It’s been a very worthwhile day and on October 14, when we add our stellar soloists and orchestra led by Jim O’Toole, it promises to be an exhilarating concert!”.

At the end of the day singers went away reinvigorated from singing Mendelssohn’s thrilling music and looking forward to performing in the magnificent Minster Church of St Nicholas in Great Yarmouth next month.

As Terry Cunnane, accompanist for this project, said: “There’s nothing quite like the ‘goosebumps’ you get when you hear great music performed live, and this promises to be memorable evening for singers and audience alike”.

Tickets for the concert on Saturday, October 14 at Great Yarmouth Minster cost £14 (with children aged 16 and under free). They are available from the Minster Café, from 10am to 2pm (or noon on Saturday) and also Take Note music shop in Grove Road, Lowestoft.

Seating is unreserved. The concert starts at 7.30pm, with doors open at 6.45pm.

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