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Charlton Kings Choral Society perform Handel and Haydn

Saturday May 25, 2019 at 19:30
Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham
£15 (under 25s in full-time education £10)
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  1. Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest HWV 258 - George Frideric Handel
  2. Coronation Anthem: My heart is inditing HWV 261 - George Frideric Handel
  3. Coronation Anthem: The King shall rejoice HWV 260 - George Frideric Handel
  4. Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from Solomon HWV 67 - George Frideric Handel
  5. Mass No 11 in D minor, 'Nelson Mass' (Missa in angustiis) Hob XXII:11 - (Franz) Joseph Haydn
  6. Symphony No 5 in D (St Cecilia's Day Ode) Op 5 - William Boyce

This is a delightful programme of mainstream repertoire by Handel and Haydn, full of joy and celebration. Handel composed his four coronation anthems in 1727 for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in Westminster Abbey, where they were performed with a choir of 47 singers, rather outnumbered by an orchestra of 160 players! Handel had become the master of a popular style that could adapt to opera, church music or national celebration, and these anthems immediately appealed to the public and have a maintained a place in the repertoire ever since.

Haydn also spent time in London, but it was when he had returned to Austria and was back in the service of Prince Nikolaus II of Esterházy that he composed his so called '’' Mass (otherwise known as Missa in angustiis - Mass in straitened times) in 1798. It is one of six great Masses that he wrote between 1796 and 1802 in honour of the name day of the Prince’s wife, Princess Maria Hermenegild. While Haydn was composing the Mass, the British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson defeated the French in the battle of Aboukir, and this is sometimes thought to be the origin of the name, but it is more likely to refer to the fact that Nelson, in the company of Lord and Lady Hamilton, attended a performance of the Mass in his honour in Eisenstadt in 1800. This is the genre of the ‘orchestral Mass’, far more suitable for concert hall than church, and Haydn’s mature symphonic style comes across vividly, combined with an easy brilliance and fluidity of choral writing.

Pittville Pump Room
East Approach Drive
GL52 3JE
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