Thursday 18 November 2010

Mendelssohn's Elijah

On Saturday, November 27th. at All Saints Church, Hove the excellent Brighton Orpheus Choir will be performing Mendelssohn's Elijah with a full orchestra and young professional soloists. This should be a really good sing of Mendelssohn's second oratorio. It has been extremely popular ever since its first performance in 1842, but hasn't been heard in Brighton for several years.

Over its 68 years of existence the Brighton Orpheus Choir has often arranged for a collection to support local or national charities, to which the audience and choir members have given generously. These have recently included Children in Need, Shelter,  RNLI and a Rwandan charity, Solace Ministries. At the forthcoming concert it has opted to nominate the very local Brighton, Hove & District Samaritans for the retiring collection.

The local branch of the Samaritans celebrated its 40th anniversary just a few years ago. It has, over these years, become a very busy branch, and now has over 150 volunteers providing confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. It receives of the order of 40,000 contacts per year via phone, email, SMS and personal visits. 

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