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Mendelssohn's St Paul is Choral Society opener; Choral.

HUDDERSFIELD Choral Society has an all-star cast for its forthcoming performance of Felix Mendelssohn's oratorio St Paul on Friday, October 31.

The Town Hall concert will feature the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the UK's oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra, and is being conducted by Paul Daniel, who has appeared with many of the world's major orchestras and opera companies.

The soloists, who all have extensive backgrounds in opera, are international tenor Paul Nilon, who has performed with HCS in the past; British bass and prolific recording artiste Alastair Miles; soprano Rachel Nicholls, the recipient of last year's Opera Awards Foundation bursary; and Kathryn Rudge, mezzo-soprano and The Times Rising Star of Classical Music 2012.

Now in its 179th season, the choral society has chosen one of Mendelssohn's less-performed oratorios, which was premiered in 1836 to critical acclaim but fell out of favour in the first half of the 20th century following the world wars.

It was the composer's first oratorio and is now widely recognised as a balanced masterpiece of melody and orchestration.

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, which dates from 1840, has a global reputation and gives over 60 concerts a year in its home city, as well as performing widely throughout the UK and internationally. It works to build new audiences for classical music through partnerships with schools and commercial radio.

Paul Daniel is currently music director of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and principal conductor and artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, but has appeared all over the world. He is also a former music director of English National Opera and the Leeds-based Opera North.

Kathryn Rudge will be working with the orchestra next year when it celebrates its 150th anniversary. She has also performed with Opera North.

The Town Hall concert, which starts at 7pm, is the first in the subscriber's season. Ticket details are available from or, telephone 07834 345211.


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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 24, 2014
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