Sunday 2 December 2018 7.45pm St Machar’s Cathedral

Handel: Israel in Egypt

Aberdeen Bach Choir
Musical Director Peter Parfitt

Aberdeen Sinfonietta
Leader Bryan Dargie

Elinor Rolfe Johnson Soprano    Phillipa Thomas Alto    Ronan Busfield Tenor    James Williams Bass

First ever performance by Aberdeen Bach Choir of George Frideric Handel’s Israel in Egypt.

1867 Edward Poynter - Israel in Egypt

This oratorio draws directly on passages from the Old Testament. The 1739 premiere was not well received, and Handel immediately set about to revise the work. It is now a favourite worldwide, not least because of the intense and almost operatic drama Handel brings to the music, both for the double chorus and for the SATB soloists.

Next rehearsal Tuesday 20 November
St Machar's Cathedral

7:30-9:30 p.m.
There will be a recital by Mairi McKeown (piano), 2017-18 Ellie Pirie Scholar, starting at 7:30. Please arrive promptly.

Mairi McKeown, 2017-18 Ellie Pirie Scholarship Winner
weekly rehearsal schedule

Peter recommends the recording by The Sixteen, Coro COT16011, available as a CD or download. You can buy a rehearsal CD or a download/stream of your part from Choraline. Cyberbass have streamed parts online at no cost (downloadable for a fee).

December 2018 Front Cover

further details

programme notes

Tickets are now on sale from Choir members and from Aberdeen Performing Arts

Prices £15, Concessions £12, Students £5, Under 16 free


Aberdeen Bach Choir December 2015 St Machar's Cathedral