November 2016 - Haydn - Nelson Mass / Lauridsen - Lux Aeterna

19th of November, 2016

November 2016 - Haydn - Nelson Mass / Lauridsen - Lux Aeterna

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November 2016 - Haydn - Nelson Mass / Lauridsen - Lux Aeterna

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Haydn            Nelson Mass

Lauridsen      Lux Aeterna

Worcester Cathedral, 7:30pm

In a major classical concert at Worcester Cathedral this autumn, Worcester Festival Choral Society performs two, passionate choral masterworks written two centuries apart - with appearances by leading soloists including star soprano Sarah Fox.

Haydn’s Mass in D Minor of 1798 – popularly known as the Nelson Mass after the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 - is one of his most well-known and beloved works. Written in uncertain times, the piece is both dark and dramatic, contemplative and joyful. Featuring glorious choral passages, powerful orchestration, a jubilant finale, and 'fireworks' from the soprano soloist, this is an unmissable chance to enjoy a true musical masterpiece.

A contemporary piece of traditional beauty, Lauridsen’s 1997 Lux Aeterna - Eternal Light - is described by the American composer as “an intimate work of quiet serenity, symbolising hope, reassurance, goodness and illumination.” With Latin texts, including the requiem mass, that all relate to light, Lux Aeterna’s five, melodic movements echo Medieval and Renaissance musical themes to create an exquisite choral experience.

Supporting Worcester Festival Choral Society – many of whose members sing in the world-famous Three Choirs Festival - are the Meridian Sinfonia and acclaimed soloists Sarah Fox (soprano), Susanna Spicer (mezzo-soprano), Ruairi Bowen (tenor) and Andrew de Silva (baritone). The concert is conducted by Peter Nardone.  

Previous Concerts

A list of all our previous concerts from 1990 onwards can be see here

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