Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”

Dear Editor,

It was recently my great privilege and honour to conduct a performance of Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” in the Good Shepherd Church (WIT). This was a joint venture between my own choir, the Oldham Choral Society, (based near Manchester), and the  Wexford Sinfonia. The following morning we were very kindly allowed the opportunity by Canon Slattery to sing a wide variety of sacred music with the City of Waterford Brass at the noon Mass in your magnificent 18th century RC Cathedral. This was a very moving experience indeed, and one that we will remember fondly for many years to come.

Planning for this extended Bank Holiday weekend music tour had been ongoing for the best part of a year, and much of the success of the venture must be attributed to Mr Richard Miller and his wife Ruth of the Wexford Sinfonia, Declan Power, the Chairperson of City of Waterford Brass and Julie Quinlan, Musical Director. There were well over 100 of us in our travelling party, and the friendliness of the local people was much commented on as we reflected on what was a truly memorable tour.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the communities of Waterford and Wexford for the very warm welcome we received, and notably to our hosts the Wexford Sinfonia and City of Waterford Brass for their kind invitations to make music with them.

Following on from the recent visit of Queen Elizabeth, joint ventures of this type can only further underline the most cordial relations that now happily exist between our two countries. Long may this continue.

Yours faithfully

Nigel P Wilkinson

Music Director of the Oldham Choral Society,

Lancashire, England

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