Mozart & Martines
Masses of Masses
Saturday 15 October 2022 at 7:30pm
  Date:  Saturday 15 October 2022
  Time: 7:30pm
  Venue:  The Cripps Hall Theatre, Northampton School for Boys, Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5RT
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Marianna Martines was an accomplished composer of oratorios, masses, sacred choral works and secular cantatas, as well as works for orchestra and keyboard. By 1761, Martines had composed three large masses and a motet for performance at Michaelerkirche, the imperial court church in her home city of Vienna, and was gaining a reputation further afield. Her home, the Altes Michaelerhaus, also housed the young composer Joseph Haydn (who taught her keyboard), the composer Nicolò Porpora (who taught her composition), and the famous imperial poet and opera librettist Metastasio (including the libretto of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito). In later life she hosted musical events, and performed duets with Haydn and Mozart, and it is believed that a number of Mozart’s four-hand piano duet sonatas were written for performance by Martines and Mozart.

We are honoured to be giving the UK première of her largest work for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, the Quarta Messa of 1765, and we present this alongside two major sacred works from the pen of her colleague Mozart - his ever-popular Coronation Mass and the virtuosic motet, Exsultate, jubilate. We may even throw in one final work by Mozart to round the evening off … but we’ll leave that as a surprise.

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith graduated with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2020, having previously read Music as a Choral Scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London. Jessica’s love for singing was fostered by Northampton Bach Choir’s very own Musical Director, who encouraged her to pursue a career in music when she was a chorister at All Saints’ Church. Jessica is much looking forward to singing again with Lee and the Northampton Bach Choir and is especially excited for the opportunity to sing Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate once again!

Lufuno Ndou

Lufuno Ndou  is a South African-born Mezzo-Soprano who studied at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Some of the roles include Zweite Knabe in the Conservatoire’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, and Mercedes in the Quintet from Bizet’s Carmen in the 2018 production of Opera Scenes. Lufuno has also performed in Grange Park Opera’s Porgy and Bess (directed by Jean-Pierre van der Spuy) as part of the chorus. She began my career as a chorister in St Matthew's Church and is thrilled to return to make a mark on her hometown.

Rory Carver

Rory Carver  is gaining a reputation as a vivid interpreter of opera, oratorio and song repertoire. He was a member of Les Arts Florissants’ young artist programme Le Jardin des Voix, a Garsington Opera Alvarez Young Artist, a competitor in the Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera International Song Competition and a finalist in the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, following his postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music as a Douglas and Hilda Simmonds scholar. He feels privileged to be performing in the UK première of Marianna Martines’s Quarta Messa.

Alistair Donaghue

Alistair Donaghue is a graduate of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Originally from Northampton, Alistair was a chorister and choral scholar at All Saints' Church, before joining the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Alistair is a Songman in the choir of York Minster, and regularly performs as a freelance singer and soloist with various professional choirs. One of his first experiences as a soloist was in a concert of music by Mozart given by the Choirs of All Saints, and he writes that he is “looking forward to being back in Northampton to continue that trend with Lee”.


Coronation Mass (1779) - W. A. Mozart
Exsultate, jubilate (1773) - W. A. Mozart
Quarta Messa (1765) - Marianna Martines *

Northampton Bach Choir
Musical & Amicable Society

Soprano : Jessica Smith
Mezzo-Soprano : Lufuno Ndou
Tenor - Rory Carver
Bass-Baritone - Alistair Donaghue

Conductor - Lee Dunleavy
* UK première