15th of February, 2018
Worcester Festival Choral Society, is bringing Haydn’s choral masterpiece The Creation to Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 17th March – the same work the Society’s predecessors sang 156 years ago at its historic inaugural concert.
Featuring extensive choral and orchestral forces, The Creation is widely regarded as Haydn’s most popular and enduring choral work. Its powerful choruses and solo arias paint a musical picture of the seven days of the creation of the world, with texts from the Bible and Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost set to Haydn’s glittering score.
Appearing with the 140 members of Worcester Festival Choral Society will be acclaimed soprano Sarah Fox, tenor John Bowen and bass Edward Seymour, whose voices firstly represent the angels Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael, and later, Adam and Eve. Meridian Sinfonia provides the symphony orchestra and Worcester Cathedral’s Director of Music, Peter Nardone, will conduct. The concert will be sung in English.
The Creation holds a special place in Worcester Festival Choral Society’s history, as it was the first work the Society ever performed. The 1862 concert, held in Worcester’s former Music Hall in Cornmarket, marked the start of an illustrious history for the Society that has included being conducted by Sir Edward Elgar, and performing for HRH Prince Charles as part of the Three Choirs Festival chorus.
Ben Cooper, Chairman of Worcester Festival Choral Society, said: “Haydn’s The Creation was inspired by Handel’s major works such as Messiah, and it is just as inspiring to listen to. As well as the celebratory energy of the choruses, there is time for reflection and moments of quiet beauty. It’s a wonderful concert to enjoy this spring.”
Concert tickets are £10 - £25 (some concessions available) from the Society’s website www.worcesterfestivalchoralsociety.org.uk and the Worcester Live Box Office, Huntingdon Hall, Worcester, tel: 01905 611427.
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