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Haydn: Innocence & Experience

Sunday 22 November 2015, 7.30 pm

St Dunstan’s Church Mayfield

Mayfield Festival Choir conducted by Jeremy Summerly with London Primavera led by Paul Manley, organist Andrew Benians and soloists from the Royal Academy of Music.

  • Salve regina in E major
  • Organ Concerto in C major
  • Nelson Mass (Missa in angustiis)

In 1756 Haydn was 24 years old. Ill-advisedly, he fell in love with a woman whose parents had decided that their daughter should become a nun. With extremely good grace, the young composer wrote a musical setting of the ancient Salve Regina text for the religious ceremony that took Therese Keller from beyond Haydn’s grasp and into the arms of the Church. In this same year – the very year in which Mozart was born – Haydn composed an Organ Concerto in C major. Haydn was an organist as well as a violinist, and the concerto was written for the composer himself to play. It is typical of Haydn’s humility that the piece is a touchingly pretty work rather than a virtuosic vehicle for Haydn’s prodigious talent.

At the other end of his life, Haydn created his masterpiece. In 1798, as Europe was being threatened by Napoleon, Haydn had given the first performance of his groundbreaking oratorio The Creation. This left Haydn exhausted and in poor health, but his creative powers were stimulated as never before, and the result was the Missa in Angustiis (‘Mass in Time of Distress’). Although Nelson was winning the Battle of the Nile at the time, Haydn was not aware of the fact. But because Lord Nelson heard a performance of the Mass two years later, the name ‘Nelson Mass’ stuck. However anachronistic the title, it is fitting that Haydn’s masterpiece is linked to the name of a man who was dubbed the ‘saviour of Europe’ by his contemporaries.

Tickets will be on sale from 9 October.

 

Why not make an evening of it in Mayfield?

Mayfield has several excellent pubs and restaurants providing pre-concert food an post-concert drinks.

Pink Cabbage Produce Co. (High St)
Will be offering a special pre-concert supper menu at £10 per person. Call the restaurant to make a reservation (01435 872557)

The Middle House (High Street)
Serves food on Sundays until 9 pm (01435 872146)

Rose & Crown (at the bottom of Fletching Street)
Serves food on Sundays until 6 pm (01435 872200)

 

 

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