Concert Information – Mendelssohn Elijah

OXFORD TOWN HALL, ST. ALDATE’S - 29th February 2020

Timetable for the day:

10.15 am Doors open for the Choir – registration

11.00 am Chorus rehearsal

1.00   pm Lunch break

2.00   pm Choir and Orchestra assemble in time for

2.30   pm Rehearsal with orchestra and soloists

5.30   pm End of rehearsal – dinner break

7.00   pm Choir please assemble in The Town Hall, doors open to public

7.30   pm Performance begins

10.00   pm Performance ends

SCORES: We will be using the NEW NOVELLO edition – PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN COPIES. If you already have the OLD NOVELLO edition, you should be able to work with that – but be aware that there are some word changes in the final chorus so you will need to check the NEW and edit accordingly. Robert is also making some cuts as follows:

PART 1 Cuts
No. 6 Alto recit “Elijah get thee hence
No. 7 Double chorus “For he shall give his angels
No.15 Quartet (Chorus) “Cast thy burden upon the Lord’
PART 2 Cuts
No. 29 Chorus “He watching over Israel”
No. 40 Recit and Chorus “Behold God hath sent Elijah”
No.41 Chorus “But the Lord from the North”
Soloist Quartet “O come everyone that thirsteth”
Finally, note that the terzetto No. 28 “Lift thine eyes” will be sung
by 3 boys as will the semi chorus of No. 35 “Holy, holy, holy”

Our singers derive most benefit from the day if they get to know the piece and their part beforehand. Choral Line produce practise CDs and supply scores:

 Blackwell’s Music Shop in Oxford will also be stocking copies of the scores.

Please don’t forget to bring a pencil and a rubber…..!


Suggested clothing for the performance is smart black but not DJs.  A flash of blue would be acceptable!

Refreshments: As the schedule is so tight singers might like to bring a thermos with them – In the afternoon the orchestra (who play for nothing) will be given tea but there is not enough time to serve tea to singers as well! –  N.B.  there will be no break during the morning rehearsal. There are many cafes and restaurants nearby where singers can find something to eat at lunchtime, and before the performance.  Information about these will be available on the day for those who come from afar.

Parking: For singers coming from out of town, parking nearby is not easy and we would recommend using the Park and Ride facility. Singers based in Oxford are strongly advised to come either on foot, or by bicycle or on public transport. If you are coming into Oxford by car please allow sufficient time for parking.

Any queries please telephone 01865 250440, or email

Leo Pitt