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Mendelssohn’s Neglected Masterpiece | Sydney University Graduate Choir

10 December 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm AEDT

$25 – $50

The Sydney University Graduate Choir is delighted to announce a performance of Mendelssohn’s first oratorio, the rarely performed St. Paul – or Paulus, in the original German, in which it will be sung.

A musical masterpiece, this work was one of the composer’s most often performed during his lifetime. It revived the oratorio as a musical form, and subsequently led to a commission of Mendelssohn’s other great oratorio: Elijah.

Telling the story of the life of the apostle Paul, and his conversion on the road to Damascus, the work is both dramatic and poetic.

Written at a time when Mendelssohn led the rediscovery of Bach’s great choral masterpieces, this work is also very much a tribute to Bach – albeit through the lense of a Romantic sensibility.

Four superb soloists have been assembled to perform with the Sydney University Graduate Choir and Orchestra under the baton of Music Director, Christopher Bowen, OAM.


  • Christopher Bowen OAM


  • Anita Kyle – Soprano
  • Maria Timofeeva – Mezzo-soprano
  • Andrew Goodwin – Tenor
  • David Hidden- Bass




The Great Hall, University of Sydey
Science Road
The University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006 Australia