Haydn Nelson Mass
Soprano Esther Mallett, Mezzo-soprano Milette Gillow, Tenor Samuel Kibble, Bass Michael Ronan.
Conductor Harry Sever
Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus & Chamber Orchestra
Originally titled Missa in Angustiis (‘Mass for Troubled Times’), this mighty choral work was written at a time of national crisis for Austria, when Napoleon had defeated the Austrian army several times and even threatened Vienna. However, by the time of its first performance, the British – led by Admiral Nelson – had spectacularly defeated Napoleon’s forces at the Battle of the Nile. The new title, Nelson Mass, was cemented when Nelson visited Haydn’s patron Prince Esterházy and the work was performed in his honour.
One of Haydn’s most beloved choral works, the Nelson Mass brims with stormy choral and orchestral writing alongside coloratura fireworks from the soloists. We would love you to join us as a member of the chorus or audience for another Cambridge Philharmonic ‘Come & Sing’.
Tickets: Singers £20, Audience £10
Under 18s are welcome to come and sing with us, as long as they are accompanied by an adult throughout the event.
Information for singers:
Music will be provided on the day but bring your own pencil. There is no need to practise beforehand! We’ll spend a few hours learning the piece together in the afternoon (2.30-5.30pm), then have a break before performing to a small audience in the evening (7.30pm). Dress code for performers is smart casual.