Missa solemnis
Saturday 28 March 2020 at 7:30pm
COVID-19 Coronavirus Update
Due to the developing advice regarding mass gatherings and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we have had to suspend the choir’s rehearsals, and therefore this concert has been indefinitely postponed. please read our news article for the latest information from the Northampton Bach Choir, including information for those who have already booked tickets.Thank you for your understanding.
  Date:  Saturday 28 March 2020
  Time: 7:30pm
  Venue:  St Matthew’s Church, Kettering Road, Northampton, NN1 4RY
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this concert has been indefinitely postponed.
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To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the choir and joined by four virtuoso soloists and orchestra to perform his undisputed masterpiece - the Missa solemnis (1819-23). Beethoven composed the Missa Solemnis for the enthronement of his great friend and pupil Archduke Rudolph as Archbishop of Olmütz – completing it three years after the enthronement ceremony. There is nevertheless a theatricality to the work that has led many commentators to suggest that it is more appropriate to the concert hall than the church. With four soloists and a choir, some have even suggested it should be regarded more as a short opera than anything else. A modern critic wrote: To those for whom Beethoven’s music is an important reason for living, the Missa Solemnis belongs at the centre of their experience – a work to respect, certainly, but still more to love. Indeed, Beethoven wrote these words on the manuscript: From the heart - may it return to the heart.


Missa solemnis - Ludwig van Beethoven (1712-73)

Northampton Bach Choir
Orchestra da Camera

Soprano - Erika Mädi Jones
Mezzo-soprano -
Margaret McDonald
Tenor -
Christopher Steele
Bass -
Brian Bannatyne-Scott

Conductor -
Lee Dunleavy