Southern Sinfonia joins Cranford for Mendelssohn’s Elijah Saturday 16th April 2016 at St Helen’s Church, Abingdon

Cranford Choral Society is to perform Mendelssohn’s stunning choral masterpiece, Elijah, with one of the south of England’s leading ensembles, Southern Sinfonia, and an exciting team of soloists – including tenor Hugh Hetherington as Elijah. The Society’s Music Director, Chris de Souza, will conduct.  The performance is in St Helen’s Church, Abingdon on Saturday 16th April at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available viawww.cranfordchoral.org.uk, or by phoning Anthony Finn on 01491 835540.

“We are delighted to join Southern Sinfonia and such talented soloists to perform this amazing work,” says the Society’s chairman, Anthony Finn. “It is the first time we have sung in St Helen’s, Abingdon, so we hope to attract people who have never been to one of our concerts, as well as our many friends from the past.”

Cranford Choral Society is a friendly, non-auditioned choir of about 80 men and women, founded in 1995. The Society performs major choral works and a lighter repertoire two or three times a year in churches and other venues in and around Wallingford, Oxfordshire. The Society rehearses at 7.45pm each Monday (except school half term/holidays) in the Barn in Cranford House School in Moulsford, OX10 9HT. New singers are very welcome. Please contact Anthony Finn on 01491 835540, or visit www.cranfordchoral.org.uk for more information.  Music Director Chris de Souza is a well-known conductor, composer and teacher, and the BBC’s first Proms Producer. As music and arts producer at BBC Radio London, he produced the music for HM the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Fireworks. His adaptation of Britten’s “The Rescue”, and his own music have been recorded and broadcast.  Southern Sinfonia is recognised as one of the leading Chamber Orchestras in the South of England. It was established in 1990 and is based in Taunton, Somerset. The Orchestra offers unique ability to play modern and Baroque instruments, and therefore music from the 1600s to the present day, at the correct pitch and with informed playing style. Orchestra in Residence at the University of Winchester, it has an association with Reading University and performs in venues throughout England.  Soloists include Hugh Hetherington, Claire Bessant, Susan Mackenzie-Park, Ben Smith, and Kit Hobkirk.  Hugh Hetherington has appeared with English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Scottish Opera and Opera North. He has performed a vast range of music – from the Evangelist in the Bach Passions, to Mozart and Verdi Requiems, Elgar and Beethoven, and the major works of Britten.