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Concerts 2011

Romsey Abbey - 7th May 2011 7.30pm
by kind permission of the Vicar and in association with Music in Romsey

Conductor: John Sutton
Soloists: Simon Wall (Evangelist), Michael George (Christus), Jennifer Shell (soprano), Janet Shell (alto), Paul Badley (tenor), Michael Bundy (bass)
Choirs: Compton & Shawford Festival Choir, Overton Choral Society, Sarisbury Choral Society

Orchestra Leader: Elizabeth Flower

JS Bach: St John Passion

First performed on 7 April 1724 this setting of the Passion story may be more compact than the composer's St Matthew Passion but it is just as dramatic and powerful in its unyielding response to the horrors and the humanity of the events leading to the Crucifixion. Choruses range from richly harmonised hymns (chorales) to disturbing crowd reactions.  Soloists reflect on the drama in beautiful and thoughtful arias, many accompanied by prominent obbligato instruments.  The whole is narrated by the tenor Evangelist whose recitatives remain as original and inventive as the rest of this great score.  Our 2011 performance will use an English text translation.

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Winchester Cathedral - 14th May 2011 7.30pm
by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter

Conductor: Derek Beck
Soloists: Cecilia Osmond (soprano) Nicolas Mulroy (tenor) Jamie Hall (bass)
Choirs: Botley Choral Society, Itchen Valley Choral Society, Twyford Singers, Winchester City Festival Choir
Orchestra Leader: Elizabeth Flower

Haydn: Creation

The story of Creation is taken from the Bible and from Milton's Paradise Lost and Haydn published his score in 1800 with both German and English words. That year saw the first English performance at the Three Choirs Festival and the Hampshire Chronicle even noted a performance locally! Soloists represent three archangels, Uriel (tenor), Raphael (bass) and Gabriel (soprano). The latter two also become Adam and Eve in the final part. The choruses all provide joyous commentary on the wonders of Creation – supported by colourful orchestration from the initial Representation of Chaos to the concluding Praise the Lord, utter thanks. It was said of Haydn that 'at the thought of God his heart leaped for joy, and he could not help his music doing the same'.

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