Classical Classics
Haydn, Mozart, and their contemporaries
Spring 2021
  Date:  Spring 2021
  Venue:  Online via ZOOM
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In the Summer of 2021 we hope to commence our planned series The Great Oratorios with Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and continuing later that year with Handel’s Messiah. However, the present progress of the Covid-19 epidemic means that this Spring's performance of Haydn’s The Creation has been rescheduled for Spring 2022.

In the first months of 2021 we will continue to rehearse in our Home Choir on Zoom, then hope to swiftly move to hybrid rehearsals where some are able to rehearse in person, with others joining in “live” via webcast. From that point we shall move back to normal rehearsals and at that point we will schedule the date of our Spring 2021 performance. We are most grateful to our friends and supporters, our partners and members, and to the Friends of the Northampton Bach Choir, for their continued support and patience through these difficult times.

When we return in January 2021, we will be preparing a programme of music by Haydn, Mozart, and their contemporaries, for that Spring concert, which is flexible so that we can perform no matter what the restrictions in place dictate. The major work in the programme is Gatti’s Schöpfungsmesse (Creation Mass) in which the composer sensitively adapts entire movements from Haydn’s The Creation to the liturgical text of the Mass. Mozart and Haydn are represented in two other famous Latin texts, the Magnificat and Te Deum respectively, as well as Haydn’s dramatic motet, Insanæ et vanæ curæ (which has nothing to do with Insane and vain curates!). The famous Haydn’s (Franz Joseph) brother (Johann Michael) is also represented in his beautiful Nunc dimittis.

The Mozart Magnificat and J. M. Haydn Nunc dimittis, together with F. J. Haydn’s chorus from The Creation, The Heavens are Telling, also form the major works in the choir’s visits to sing Choral Evensong at Southwell Minster and Lincoln Cathedral later in the year.


Northampton Bach Choir

Conductor -
Lee Dunleavy

Schöpfungsmesse - Luigi Gatti (1740-1817)
Insanæ et vanæ curæ - F. J. Haydn (1732-1809)
Magnificat, K. 193 - W. A. Mozart (1756-91)
Nunc dimittis, M. 355 - J. M Haydn (1737-1806)
Te Deum in C “Marie Therese" - F. J. Haydn (1732-1809)