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Concert Programme

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Saturday 3rd May 2014 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
HAYDN: Die Schöpfung (The Creation)
Soloists: Céline Forrest (Soprano), Nicholas Scott (Tenor), Lance Nomura (Bass baritone)

Whilst visiting England between 1791 and1795, Haydn was completely overwhelmed by his first experiences of hearing Handel’s oratorios. His response to was to embark on a choral work of his own, one that took him longer to compose than anything else he wrote: “I spent much time over it because I expect it to last for a long time,” he explained.

Taking texts selected from the book of Psalms and Milton’s Paradise Lost, in a version that had originally been intended for Handel, Haydn had the English words translated into German and set both languages simultaneously. Hundreds of people gathered in the street to hear the first private performance in Vienna in 1798 and the work’s public premiere was sold out far in advance.

The Creation is a true work of the Enlightenment in which science and religion sit happily side by side and Haydn’s inspired music depicts both the majesty of the universe and the mystery of the Divine.

“I was never so devout as when I was at work on The Creation; I fell on my knees each day and begged God to give me the strength to finish the work.” Haydn

“The big pleasure of the evening rests with the conductor Timothy Redmond.” The Times


Tickets: £12 £16 £20 £25 (students and under-18s £10 on the door) available online here:
Click to buy tickets in price band 1 (£12.00).
Click to buy tickets in price band 2 (£16.00).
Click to buy tickets in price band 3 (£20.00).
Click to buy tickets in price band 4 (£25.00).
Tickets are also available from the Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office
Note: please see the seating plan for details of price bands
 
Saturday 5th July 2014 − 7.30pm Ely Cathedral
BERLIOZ: Grande Messe des Morts
Soloist: Bonaventura Bottone (Tenor)
With the Cambridge and Norwich Philharmonic Choruses

When, in 1831, Berlioz visited St Peter’s in Rome, he was singularly unimpressed by the fact that the music in that vast space was provided by just 18 singers and an organ on wheels! Six years later, when he was approached to write a grand Requiem, he leapt at the chance to show the world just how music should sound in such an acoustic.

“The text of the Requiem was a quarry that I had long coveted,” wrote Berlioz. “Now at last it was mine, and I fell upon it with a kind of fury. My brain felt as though it would explode with the pressure of ideas.” To do justice to the text, he assembled a spectacular array of musical forces and created one of music’s truly individual masterpieces.

Over a hundred instrumentalists – including massed wind and brass, a dozen timpani and four off-stage bands – are joined by a choir of two hundred for the final concert of the season and a work perfectly suited to the grandeur of Ely Cathedral.

“The audience was left spellbound as all sections of the orchestra brought this amazing work alive … [the Berlioz] was an amazing and unforgettable experience.” Local Secrets

“If I were threatened with the destruction of the whole of my works save one, I should crave mercy for the Messe des Morts.” Berlioz


Tickets: reserved: £15 £20 £25, unreserved: £10 (students and under-18s £10 on the door) from the Ely Cathedral Box Office
 
Saturday 18th October 2014
Details of this concert are unconfirmed
 
Saturday 8th November 2014 West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Details of this concert are unconfirmed
 
Saturday 20th December 2014 West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Details of this concert are unconfirmed
 
Saturday 24th January 2015 West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Family Concert
Details of this concert are unconfirmed
 
Saturday 14th March 2015 West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Details of this concert are unconfirmed
 
Saturday 23rd May 2015 West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Details of this concert are unconfirmed
 
Saturday 11th July 2015 Ely Cathedral
Details of this concert are unconfirmed
 

Box Office Details

Tickets are usually available 6 weeks before each concert.
Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office
3 Parsons Court, Cambridge, CB2 3QE
Tel: 01223 357851
http://www.cornex.co.uk/
Ely Cathedral Box Office
The Chapter House, The College, Ely Cathedral, CB7 4DL
Tel: 01353 660349 or Email
http://tickets.elycathedral.org/
Tickets are also available from members of the Society.