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Handel Athalia: Oxford Bach Choir and Florilegium directed by Benjamin Nicholas

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Sheldonian TheatreOxford, South-East, OX1 3AZ, United Kingdom
On Saturday 8 June 2019 at 19:30
Elin Manahan ThomasSopranoAthalia
Ali Ponsford-HillSopranoJoas
James GilchristTenorMathan
Nicholas MortonBassAbner
Simon PonsfordCountertenorJoad
Oxford Bach Choir

The Sheldonian Theatre was opened in 1669, 350 years ago, and the OBC celebrates this anniversary with one of the greatest pieces premiered there, Handel's oratorio Athalia. Not only is this the only oratorio conducted by Handel in Oxford, but the Sheldonian is almost certainly the only surviving building where we know he performed any of his oratorios. Athaliaitself tells the dramatic tale of the downfall of the evil usurper Athalia, queen of Judah, daughter of Jezebel and worshipper of Baal, with appropriately colourful and exciting music for soloists and chorus alike.

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