HAYDN: NELSON MASS

Wednesday 15 November 2017, 7pm

Venue: Wren Chapel, Royal Hospital Chelsea, London SW3 4NL

Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
James Orford and Hugh Rowlands - organ
William Vann - conductor  

Tickets: £30, £25, £15 (reserved seating throughout) from the Cadogan Hall Box Office
Click here for tickets or call the Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Haydn - Nelson Mass, Insanae et vanae curae, The Heavens are telling the Glory of God (from The Creation)
Bruckner - Christus factus est
Mendelssohn - Hear my Prayer
Brahms - Warum ist das Licht gegeben, Geistliches Lied
Rheinberger - Abendlied

The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea gives its annual November concert in the sumptuous surrounds of Christopher Wren’s 1692 Chapel. The ticket price includes a glass of wine or soft drink in the Great Hall during the interval.

Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Mass for Troubled Times), was premiered shortly after Horatio Nelson’s stunning victory in the Battle of the Nile in August 1798. Thence known as his Nelson Mass, it is “arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”, according to his chief biographer H. C. Robbins. Tonight’s concert features the complete mass interwoven with some of the finest Romantic Austro-German motets by Brahms, Bruckner, Haydn himself, Mendelssohn and Rheinberger.

Mendelssohn’s Hear my Prayer features the celebrated solo O, for the wings of a dove and we conclude the evening with Haydn’s wonderfully rousing chorus The Heavens are telling the Glory of God from The Creation.

‘First-class personnel… it’s the tension and subtlety in the performances that catch the ear.’ (Gramophone on the Royal Hospital Choir)

 

MOZART: REQUIEM

Tuesday 27 March 2018, 7.30pm

Venue: Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ  

Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
London Mozart Players
William Vann - conductor   

Tickets: £35, £25, £18, £10 from the Cadogan Hall Box Office (10% discount for RH and LMP Friends)
Click here for tickets or call the Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Mozart - Requiem; Vesperae solennes de confessore; Ave Verum Corpus

The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is one of the finest professional church choirs in the UK. Its members regularly sing with many of the world’s leading consort groups, such as The Sixteen, Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico and Monteverdi Choir and also work in the fields of opera, conducting, teaching and music journalism.

Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D minor is undoubtedly the most famous of all unfinished musical compositions: composed in Vienna in 1791, the work was only partially complete when Mozart died of a fever on 5 December. It was completed the following year by Franz Xaver Süssmayr, in order to fulfil the original commission by Count Franz von Walsegg, an amateur chamber musician who routinely commissioned works by composers and passed them off as his own!

Mozart’s final work for Salzburg Cathedral, in 1780, was a setting of the texts for vespers, intended for liturgical use. The highlight, perhaps, is the wonderful soprano solo Laudate Dominum. We also hear his impeccable and renowned setting of Ave Verum Corpus, thoroughly appropriate for performance alongside the Requiem.

‘… model singing from the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea under the meticulous direction of William Vann’ (The Observer)

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