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    Inverness Choral Society

  • When
    22 April 19:30 - 21:30
    Hosted by:
  • Inverness Choral Sinfonia
    Conductor Gordon Tocher

    Alexander’s Feast was Handel’s first major choral work with an English text, in this case an adaptation of John Dryden’s ode Alexander’s Feast (subtitled The Power of Music), written in 1697 to celebrate St Cecilia, the patron saint of music. The work was first performed at Covent Garden in February 1736, and describes a banquet held by Alexander the Great in the city of Persepolis to celebrate his conquest of Persia. It proved an immediate success and encouraged the composer to make the transition from writing Italian operas to English choral works.