Crouch End Festival Chorus: Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn

    Felix Mendelssohn Vom Himmel hoch
    Fanny Hensel Lockung
    Felix Mendelssohn Psalm 42
    Fanny Hensel Hiob Cantata
    Felix Mendelssohn Die erste Walpurgisnacht

    Julia Doyle soprano
    Rebecca Afonwy-Jones alto
    Ronald Samm tenor
    Ashley Riches bass-baritone

    Crouch End Festival Chorus
    London Mozart Players
    David Temple conductor

    From the drama of raging mountainside battles to exquisite choral textures, the music of Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny Hensel contains a wealth of unforgettable experiences. In this concert the acclaimed Crouch End Festival Chorus presents a selection of works from both siblings, giving Fanny the prominence she deserves alongside her better-known brother.

    Works by Felix include his Die erste Walpurgisnacht, a dramatic cantata set on a dark mountain where the Druids and Christians are in conflict. Stylistically the music looks back to Haydn and forwards to Wagner and Mahler. Vom Himmel hoch is a beautiful work very much in the style of Felix’s great inspiration, J.S. Bach.

    Fanny’s works include Lockung an exquisite a cappella part song, and the more substantial Hiob (Job) Cantata for chorus, soloists and orchestra.

    Photo credit: Paul Robinson


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