University Music Society - University Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra

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

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

Town Hall, Birmingham                                                                               www.thsh.co.uk

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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.