Haydn: The Creation

17th of March, 2018

Come to Worcester Cathedral on Saturday 17 March 2018 to experience one of the truly great choral works: Joseph Haydn’s oratorio masterpiece, The Creation.

Telling the story of the creation of the world, Haydn was inspired to compose The Creation in 1796-8 following his trips to London, where he heard Handel’s oratorios being performed with huge choral and orchestral forces. Sourcing texts from Genesis chapter one, the book of Psalms and Milton's Paradise Lost, the work begins with a then-groundbreaking orchestral opening reflecting primordial chaos, and continues to convey the seven, picturesquely described days of Creation, ending with a chorus of praise. Haydn was both inspired and moved by his subject matter. He reportedly said that, having begun composing the work, he begged God to let him be able to finish it – sensing it would be amongst his best.

Performing with the 150 members of Worcester Festival Choral Society will be the Meridian Sinfonia and acclaimed soloists. Worcester Cathedral Director of Music, Dr Peter Nardone, conducts. Tickets £10 - £25 (some concessions available) from



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Handel: Messiah