Saturday 8 February 2020 at 7:30pm
St George's Church, Newbury, RG14 6NU
Mozart: Vesperae solennes K339
Haydn: The Nelson Mass
Alys Roberts soprano
Natasha Agarwal mezzo-soprano
Guy Withers tenor
Dominic Bowe bass
The Laudate Dominum from Mozart's Vespers is one of his best-loved and familiar works; but the other prices in the collection add up to a stunning celebration of Mozart's choral craft. Haydn's Missa in Angustiis ('for troubled times'), which became known as the Nelson Mass when it was first performed after the Battle of the Nile, has been described as his "greatest single composition". Due to economies forced on the composer, the orchestra consists of strings, trumpets and timpani, giving the work a uniquely characteristic sound.
We welcome four splendid soloists and a period instrument band to complement the choir in this concert of classical masterworks.