Saturday 9 November 2019 - Sacred Heart Church, Wimbledon - 8 pm
London Mozaart Players
Kate Royal, soprano
Benjamin Hulett, tenor
Matthew Best - conductor
Our next concert will be given as the opening event of the Wimbledon International Music Festival 2019.
Undoubtedly one of Haydn's choral masterpieces, Creation (or Die Schöpfung in German) was written between 1797 and 1798 and was inspired by the enthusiasm with which English massed choirs and audiences had taken to Handel's oratorios (and their attendant commercial success). Haydn lived through a staggering period of musical history - being just 18 when JS Bach died in 1750 and 72 when Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony was first performed in 1804.
In his programme notes, John Bawden writes that "The Creation represents a considerable dramatic development over its Handelian predecessors. Haydn’s bold use of orchestral colour, his adventurous harmony, exceptional rhythmic and melodic inventiveness, and the work’s strong overall unity bring the subject to life with an almost operatic vividness and power. The opening is a good illustration of Haydn’s innovative approach. The extended orchestral introduction, itself a departure from the conventional overture, is entitled ‘Representation of Chaos’ and immediately arrests the listener’s attention with its shifting, ambiguous harmonies on muted strings, brass and timpani. In the ensuing recitative Raphael tells us that ‘the earth was without form, and void’ and this is reflected in the sparse emptiness of the orchestral accompaniment. The choir continues in a mood of hushed stillness, until ‘and there was light’, at which point there is a sudden, massive fortissimo chord of C major from the now unmuted full orchestra. Even after two hundred years the effect is still immensely powerful. It was evidently totally overwhelming at the time, judging by the following account from one of Haydn’s friends. ‘. . . and at that moment when light broke out for the first time, one would have said that rays darted from the composer’s burning eyes. The enchantment of the electrified Viennese was so general that the orchestra could not proceed for some minutes,’ he wrote."
Our performance will see us join forces with the London Mozart Players and three gifted and highly accomplished soloists.
Please note the slightly later than usual start time for this concert.
Tickets are available for sale exclusively through the Wimbledon International Music Festival box office.
We are determined to ensure that our concerts are not just highly enjoyable musical occasions but also an integral part of community life. They offer an opportunity to catch up with friends as well as make new ones; to hear familiar music and - hopefully - also some less familiar music that you will swiftly come to love. They are also events for all ages; we believe very strongly that high quality musical organisations - particularly those with a strong community focus - have a responsibility to share their music with everyone, not just those for whom attending a classical music concert is a routine experience. For that reason we always offer very affordable child tickets throughout our venues as well as affordable full price tickets. We also take our work into schools and invite local schoolchildren and parents to witness our final rehearsals free of charge. If you would like to support or take advantage of these opportunities please do get in touch.
Our fortieth anniversary season
2020 marks the fortieth anniversary of our formation and we have plans for two particularly special concerts arranged to mark the occasion.
On 14 March 2020 we will be performing Handel's gloriously operatic oratorio Saul with the Academy Baroque Players and a line-up of top flight soloists led by Christopher Purves in the title role
On 20 June 2020 we will be performing Monteverdi's wonderful Vespers of 1610 with His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts and yet more wonderful soloists
Given the scale of these concerts we are keen to hear from individuals and companies who might be interested in supporting particular elements of either of these wonderful events. Please do contact us if this might appeal to you!
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Further concert plans
As yet unscheduled concert plans include performances of Berlioz's L'Enfance du Christ, the completion of our cycle of the major Handel oratorios, motets by Bruckner and others, further great English choral anthems and a series of new commissions.
We have been engaged by the Orchestre d'Auvergne to give two performance of Messiah under their Artistic Director Roberto Forés Veses in December 2019. The concerts will be given in l’Opéra-Théâtre de Clermont-Ferrand on Thursday 19 December and in the particularly stunning L'opéra de Vichy on Friday 20 December.