The Western University Singers were guests of the Guelph Chamber Choir performing Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah together with an orchestra of period instruments and a roster of outstanding soloists on March 22, 2014, in Guelph’s River Run Centre. This was the first performance in Canada of a 19th century oratorio with an orchestra using replicas of instruments employed by Mendelssohn in the first performance in 1846. Instruments included horns with crooks (to accommodate various harmonic keys), an ophicleide (precursor of the tuba), brass and wood wind instruments with a softer, mellower tones than modern instruments and stringed instruments using gut strings instead of steel strings. The overall effect was to create a better blend and balance with the choir and soloists than is generally possible with modern instruments. Specialist in period instruments who have a broad understanding of historical performance practices enhanced the drama and expressive qualities of the performance. Soloist Dan Lichti gave a dramatic performance of Elijah, the main character in the oratorio. Other soloists included Sophie Roland (mezzo soprano), chair of the Performance Department at Western, Anne Marie Ramos (soprano) , a graduate of the Don Wright Faculty of Music, Chris Fischer (tenor) and Emily Bird (youth), a fourth year student at the Faculty of Music.