ON Sunday March 27 in St John’s Church, the rafters will be raised to the sound of Buxton Musical Society’s mighty ensemble under the direction of Michael Williams, their indefatigable Music Director, in a performance of Mendelssohn’s great oratorio, St Paul.
In spite of the high quality of much of the music the piece is rarely performed; indeed the event on March 27 will be the first time that Michael and the ensemble will have performed it together.
St Paul tells the story of the Saint’s conversion to Christianity through to his execution in Rome.
The oratorio was very popular among English choral Societies in the mid 1800s; when Mendelssohn himself conducted St Paul in Birmingham with great success.
He featured the great Swedish soprano, Jenny Lind, who was regarded as a singing sensation. Buxton will be presenting, in the same role, a remarkably successful soprano, Carys Lane, who stared in the recently released movie, The Full Monteverdi, a tale of love and youthful shenanigans sung to the music of Monteverdi’s Madrigals. Moreover Gramophone Magazine has recently awarded their ‘Record of the Year’ to The Cardinal’s Music a vocal ensemble in which she is the lead soprano.
St Paul can be heard at St John’s Church on Sunday March 27 at 7.30pm.
Tickets will be on sale at the door or from the Opera House Box Office. The performance is sponsored by Tarmac.
full monteverdi: Soprano Carys Lane (pictured left). Photo contributed.