On Saturday 21st January, The Chichester Singers will be performing Haydn's 'The Creation' with Southern Pro Musica.
Handel's Messiah, composed in 1741, was a sensation. When Joseph Haydn heard it in London, inspired by the use of large choral and orchestral resources, he set the story of the creation to music. He conducted the première of his oratorio The Creation in Vienna in April 1798. Hundreds of people crowded the streets outside the small concert hall, eager to hear the latest sensation.
The opening movement, 'Representation of Chaos' is an orchestral prelude that uses stark chords and shifting harmonies to portray the formlessness and disorder that preceded the creation. We are then taken on a journey through the creation of the six days of light, water, landscape and the beasts of land, sea and air. Each day is introduced by the archangels, Gabriel (soprano), Uriel (tenor) and Raphael (bass), and developed by the the full chorus and trio of soloists. We focus on the happy union of Adam and eve with a tender marriage duet before an indirect hint of their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The Creation tells this magnificent story, based loosely on Milton's Paradise Lost, through exciting orchestral moments, stirring solos, lyrical duets and joyful choruses
Margaret Ravalde - Soprano
Thobela Ntshanyana - Tenor
Kieran Rayner - Bass
Conductor Jonathan Willcocks.
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Nos Miseri Homines
Lighten Our Darkness Poster
Nos Miseri Homines presents 'Lighten Our Darkness', a concert of music for Candlemas on Saturday 4th February at 7pm in the Lady Chapel.
The music, including the deeply moving 'Songs of Farewell' by C.H.H. Parry and Holst's exquisite Nunc Dimittis, will surround the audience in the darkness of the candlelit cathedral as the performance moves through the building.
This spectacular evening also includes works by Edward Elgar, John Ireland, William Byrd, Thomas Tallis, and John Sheppard. Tickets are available from The Novium tel. 01243 775 888; email@example.com Ticket prices, for advance sales: £15 (inside the Lady Chapel); £10 (outside the Lady Chapel, in front of the Shrine); £5 (seats with restricted views). Alternatively, for on the door sales: £20 / £15 / £5.
Nos Miseri Homines is an exciting vocal ensemble made up of eight outstanding young professional singers, drawn from the choirs of Chichester and Winchester Cathedrals, London colleges and consorts, and Oxbridge colleges. Since its foundation in 2013 by singers from the choir of Christ Church, Oxford, it has been attracting attention and delighting audiences with its engaging style of performance and unique blend.
The Sixteen: Bach's Magnificat
On Thursday 23rd February, The Sixteen will be bringing Bach's towering masterpiece on tour to Chichester Cathedral.
Written in Leipzig for the 1723 Christmas Vespers, its splendour and jubilation anticipates the great choruses of his later Mass in B minor. Performed alongside this will be a selection of Bach's cantatas and his ever-popular Brandenburg Concerto No 3.
The Sixteen (choir and orchestra); Harry Christophers (conductor)
Katy Hill, Alexandra Kidgell, Charlotte Mobbs - soprano
Daniel Collins - alto
Jeremy Budd, Mark Tombell - tenorEamonn Dougan - bass
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University of Chichester Symphony Orchestra
The Virtuosi of Houston
Saturday 18th March - 7.30pm: The renowned Virtuosi of Houston, one of the best youth orchestras of the world, join with The University of Chichester Symphony Orchestra, in a concert of British and American music. Holst's Planet Suite is one of his popular and enduring works performed within earshot of his burial place in Chichester Cathedral.
Eric Coates: London SuiteGeorge Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Symphonic Picture
Gustav Holst: The Planets (selection)
Doors open at 6.30pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets cost £10.
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