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Time for Haydn

Time for Haydn

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When:

  • Sun 24 Sep ’17, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

Where:

St Mary's Pro Cathedral, 373 Manchester St, Christchurch

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Concession: $15.00

Website:

CBS Music

Two timeless masterpieces connected to the humble clock will be presented by the CBS Choir & Orchestra on Sunday, September 24, at 3 pm in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Manchester Street.

Haydn’s Nelson Mass takes its name from the astonishing military victory of 1798, when Napoleon’s fleet was cornered off the coast of Alexandria and blown to pieces. The news reached the little Austrian town of Eisenstadt on the day of its first performance.

When Lord Nelson came to meet the composer two years later, he was presented with the quill pen used to write the work. In return, Nelson gave Haydn the watch he had worn at the famous battle.

Reflecting all of Haydn’s genius, the work begins with some spectacular solo soprano flourishes, to be sung by Stephanie Waterhouse, and ranges from tender supplication to shattering fanfares which reminded the first audience of Nelson’s victory, and prompted later ones to call the work after him.

The Clock Symphony owes its name and popularity to the ticking rhythm which begins its second movement. That was encored at its first London performance in 1794, and ever since the work has delighted listeners with its wide variety of moods and styles. Haydn seems to delight in transforming the ordinary clock into a musical powerhouse, and he also provides a witty imitation of a village band.

Before the symphony, a selection of organ “time-pieces” will be heard. Haydn wrote 12 of these charming miniatures for a set of musical clocks shortly before his triumphant visit to London. The concert will begin with an intriguing 16th century setting by Orlande De Lassus.

The well-known biblical words beginning “Everything has its time…” are set for double choir, so, for example, “a time to weep” is answered by “a time to laugh”.

CBS soloists are Stephanie Waterhouse, Louisa Pilkington, David Black and Wally Enright. Natalia Lomeiko will lead the orchestra, and the musical director is Don Whelan.

Admission will be by programme $20 and $15, available at the door.

The cathedral musicians maintain an extensive repertoire of masses and motets, sung each Sunday at the 10:30 am. Solemn Choral Mass. New members are welcome to the 7:30pm Wednesday evening rehearsal at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. Sight reading ability is expected.

Opportunities exist for choral leaders, who enjoy unique opportunities to perform solo roles in significant Mass and motet settings with the orchestra and choir. Leadership awards, and other scholarships, worth up to $3000 per year, are available to suitable applicants.

Those interested are invited to contact the CBS Musical Director, Don Whelan, phone 358-5873.

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