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Reading Haydn Choir Concert

Date: Sat 24 Nov 2018 19:30 - 22:00

A fantastic performance of music from Haydn & Handel conducted by Mandy Kesel with orchestral accompaniment by Sinfonia Musicisti.

Location: Caversham Heights Methodist Church, Highmoor Road, Caversham

Performance starts at 7.30pm
Tickets (available from the email address or via the website)
Adults £15, Concessions £12 (£1 off for advance sales)
Children under 17 £5 (under 5's free)


Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass)
Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)

Precisely how the Nelson Mass became so called, when and by whom shall probably never be known. What is at least clear is that within a month of the Battle of the Nile (1 August 1798) Haydn had completed a Mass in D Minor, and within months of the Battle of Trafalgar (21 October 1805) the work had become known as the Nelson Mass. Haydn's own title for this mass, Missa in Angustiis ('Mass for times of distress'), would lead one to expect a dark piece, with an undercurrent of fear. Certainly the opening Kyrie features dark and dramatic fanfares, and belongs to the sound world of Mozart's Requiem, which was written in the same decade. However there are also contemplative and joyful movements and a jubilant finale.

Coronation Anthems
George F Handel (1685 - 1759)

One of the lasts acts of King George I before his death in 1727 was to sign "An Act for the naturalizing of George Frideric Handel and others." Handel's first commission as a naturalized British citizen was to write the music for the coronation later that year. The four anthems Handel composed for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline on 11 October 1727 have never lacked popular favour - there are relatively few pieces of music which in the space of a few bars are capable of evoking the mood of ceremony and patriotism associated with England’s great State occasions.

Nearly three hundred years after they were written, the four anthems still retain their universal appeal: Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand be Strengthened, My Heart is Inditing, The King Shall Rejoice.

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