University Music Society - University Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra

Location
Birmingham, Town Hall
Category
Alumni, Arts and Law, International, Students
Dates
Sunday 18th March 2012 (18:00-20:00)
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Contact

Tickets: £15, £10 concessions, £5 students, available from THSH (0121 780 3333) 

Town Hall, Birmingham                                                                               www.thsh.co.uk

Town Hall, Birmingham

University Music Society
University Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra
Daniele Rosina
conductor

Haydn
Missa in angustiis (‘Nelson’ Mass)
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 5

Haydn’s chief biographer, H. C. Robbins Landon, wrote that this Mass in D minor ‘is arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition’. It was completed in the summer of 1798, a terrifying time for Austria, and given the title Missa in angustiis (‘Mass for Troubled Times’). What Haydn did not know at the time — but what he and his audience had heard by the date of the first performance (15 September) – is that on 1 August Napoleon had been dealt a stunning defeat at the Battle of the Nile by British forces led by Admiral Horatio Nelson. This is why the Mass became known as the ‘Nelson’ Mass.