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Elgar's The Apostles

Edward Gardner conducts the Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Widely regarded as among Britain’s finest choral conductors, Edward Gardner directs one of the grandest works in the choral repertoire: Elgar’s mystical masterpiece The Apostles.

Despite the gargantuan forces it requires – a huge orchestra and chorus, plus no less than six solo singers – Elgar’s deeply felt oratorio tells a profoundly human story, recounting Christ’s teaching, crucifixion and resurrection through the eyes of his Disciples. One of the composer’s most spiritual works, it is vivid, shocking, consoling and compelling.

English National Opera’s music director for eight years, Edward Gardner has remarkable insights into vocal music and drama. Following his powerful account of Sibelius’s massive Kullervo at the 2015 International Festival, he returns to the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and brings together a starry cast of soloists, as well as the combined choral forces of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, NYCoS National Girls Choir of Scotland and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Royal Conservatoire Voices, for Elgar’s often overwhelming oratorio.

Praise for Edward Gardner:

Long established as one of the finest conductors of choral music.

The Guardian

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Edward Gardner Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
National Youth Girls Choir of Scotland
Christopher Bell Chorus Master

Royal Conservatoire Voices
Timothy Dean Chorus Master

Sophie Bevan Soprano (Blessed Virgin, Angel)
Karen Cargill Mezzo soprano (Mary Magdalene)
Allan Clayton Tenor (St John)
Marcus Farnsworth Baritone (St Peter)
Jacques Imbrailo Baritone (Jesus)
John Relyea Bass (Judas)

Elgar The Apostles


More information about some of the artists

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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Edinburgh Festival Chorus
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NYCoS National Girls Choir
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Christopher Bell
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Royal Conservatoire Voices
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Timothy Dean
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Sophie Bevan
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Karen Cargill
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Allan Clayton
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Marcus Farnsworth
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Jacques Imbrailo
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John Relyea
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14 August 2016

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