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Creation - Haydn

Saturday, 30 September 2017, 7:30 pm

Gemma Summerfield (soprano)
Ben Thapa (tenor)
Andrew Greenan (bass baritone)

Haydn’s brilliant choral event

Haydn’s supreme setting of the story of the Creation was completed when the composer was 65 years old and at a time when he produced most of  his finest music.  So much of this enchanting work is both cheerful and exhilarating – there are immediately appealing choruses, elaborate solo arias describing such subjects as colourful flowers, boist’rous seas, doves cooing and sheep bleating, radiant duet music for Adam and Eve and richly varied orchestral accompaniment.   There is no other major composition which challenges Haydn’s wonderful and continuously entertaining musical masterpiece.

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Petite Messe Solennelle - Rossini
Saturday, 13 January 2018, 7:30 pm

Rossini’s unique choral work, Petite Messe Solennelle, was composed in his final years and this was, amazingly, over thirty years since he had stopped writing around forty operas.   The music here is immediately appealing both to sing and to listen to.  There are continuous attractive melodies throughout and the magnificent choral sections include a magical setting of the opening Kyrie which has a specially effective type of syncopated rhythm accompaniment.  There are a number of superb solo numbers including a heroic tenor aria and a powerful bass aria.  The soprano and contralto have a glorious duet in the Gloria as well as some fine arias and the Mass ends with an intensely moving  Agnus Dei  set for solo contralto and chorus.  

This concert will also include some of the major pieces from Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands.

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B Minor Mass - Bach
Saturday, 17 March 2018, 7:30 pm

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