THE KILKENNY choir will present Handel’s magnificent narrative oratorio; Judas Maccabaeus, sung in English, and accompanied by a Symphony Orchestra, professional soloists and Malcolm Proud at St Canice’s Cathedral at 8pm on Saturday (April 27).
The performance will be conducted by the choir’s musical director Philip Edmondson. Tickets are available at the door. This is the first time in the choir’s 20 year performance history to hold a concert on a Saturday evening.
The Jewish warrior, Judas Maccabaeus, successfully led the Jewish people in revolt against invading forces in 167 BC . The theme of a victorious leader saving the nation, had contemporary relevance in Handel’s London of the 1740s and his oratorio, Judas Maccabaeus was understood to celebrate the suppression of the Scottish rebellion in 1746 which was perceived in England as a French invasion attempt, exposing British disunity and threatening civil war and annexation to a foreign power. The oratorio was written and performed in this context. It is suffused with grief and fear; it is an exhortation to unity and communal effort; it is a prayer for peace and perfectly captured the mood of the people during this time.
All are welcome to enjoy a performance of this dramatic choral work and relive the drama and sentiment that it describes. The performance will take place at 8pm on April 27 in St. Canice’s Cathedral. Admission is €20 and €15 (concession).