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Saturday, 8th June 2019:
Handel: Athalia

Sheldonian Theatre: 7:30pm
Doors open: 7:00pm

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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.  Athalia itself 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.

The choir will be joined by Florilegium - one of the country's most outstanding period instrument ensembles - and a stellar cast of soloists: Elin Manahan Thomas Soprano; Ali Ponsford-Hill Soprano; Simon Ponsford Countertenor; James Gilchrist Tenor; Nicholas Morton Bass.

The evening begins with a free pre-concert talk in the Sheldonian given by Anthony Geraghty, Professor of the History of Art at the University of York and author of 'The Sheldonian Theatre: Architecture and Learning in Seventeenth-Century Oxford'.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours including one interval of 20 minutes

£42, £30, £20, £15

Discounts (Only one discount will be applied per ticket)
Students: £5 off
Under 18s: 50% discount *
Groups of 10 or more: 15% discount
* We regret that children under 6 years old cannot be admitted to this concert.

We regret that there are no Wheelchair spaces left for this concert.
We post tickets free of charge to the UK only, up to 7 days before the event, after which tickets will need to be collected from our Box Office in the main entrance of the Sheldonian Theatre from 6:00pm on concert day.

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