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6 September

An Outstanding OV Oratorio

Head of Alumni Relations Sophie, attended Prom 55 at The Royal Albert Hall on Friday 30th August. The performance was Handel’s oratorio Jeptha and an extra bonus for Sophie was that OV Allan Clayton (H 91-99) was singing the title role! Conductor Richard Egarr led Allan, the other soloists and the entire Scottish Chamber Orchestra and SCO Chorus with immense capability, energy and intensity, resulting in a divine and texture rich evening of incredible music.  Allan effortlessly reflected the agonised, conflicted Jeptha  and he was in fine voice, commanding the evening alongside the other musicians. The Chorus and Scottish Chamber Orchestra were clear and sublime, with particular highlights for Sophie being their rendition of ‘Whatever is, is right’ and ‘How Dark, O Lord, Are Thy Decrees’. 

Allan was complemented wonderfully by all the soloists, with Sophie particularly enjoying Trinidadian Soprano Jeanine De Bique as Iphis. At the end of the performance a loud, lengthy and well deserved applause was received, the Albert Hall vibrating with stamping feet acknowledging the tremendous performances. Sophie was delighted to be able to catch up briefly with Allan after the performance and he said how much he had enjoyed the evening, his second Prom of the summer, the other being The Childhood of Christ on the 14th August. Allan has a busy and exiting year ahead with performances at The Royal Opera House, the Royal Festival Hall and Paris, Madrid and Vienna in store.

(Photo by Chris Christodoulou Photography)