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Too Hot to Handel....... On November 18th Ashford Choral Society will perform Handel’s Alexander’s Feast – a tale of passions inflamed and a city set ablaze through the power of music.
Handel’s oratorio is based on John Dryden’s poem of 1697 - Alexander’s Feast: Or, The Power of Musique. An Ode in honour of St. Cecilia’s Day - which was written, to be set to music, for the annual celebrations of the patron saint of music, St. Cecilia (November 22nd) organised by the Musical Society of London.
In 1736 Handel was encouraged to provide new music for Dryden’s words, with a large chorus, soloists and orchestra, and it was an immediate success.
Handel’s music perfectly conveys the tale of the feast held by Alexander the Great, after his victory over the Persian Emperor, Darius, at the city of Persepolis. At the feast Timotheus, the musician, entertains Alexander’s court and his powerful music evokes every mood from love to hate and so inflames the beautiful courtesan, Thais, that she sets Persepolis ablaze in revenge for the death of Greek soldiers.
As the blaze begins, a lovely celestial chorus announces the arrival of “Divine Cecilia”, who tames the wild music of Timotheus, who must “yield the prize” to her for musical “arts unknown before”.
Hopefully when Ashford Choral Society, and soloists, perform Alexander’s Feast at Colyer Fergusson Hall, Canterbury, on the evening of 18th November, the pyrotechnics will be purely musical !
Soloists are Faye Newton (soprano), Charles Daniels (tenor) and Benjamin Bevan (baritone), who with Ashford Choral Society and Orchestra will be under the baton of Dr. Mark Deller.
For tickets contact Gulbenkian Theatre Box Office: 01227 769075 or online at www.thegulbenkian.co.uk.