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Saturday 25th November 2017
7:30pm St Botolph's Church, Colchester

Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

Beethoven regarded his magisterial yet deeply personal Missa Solemnis as his greatest work. He began writing it in March 1819, in honour of the appointment of his friend and greatest patron Archduke Rudolph as Archbishop of Olmutz. In fact, the work was not performed until 1824, almost four years after the enthronement, when the Kyrie, Credo and Agnus Dei were given in a concert that included the Ninth Symphony. Beethoven, by now completely deaf, had to be turned round and shown the enthusiastic reception given to his music. The profoundly beautiful 'Dona nobis pacem' which concludes the work was not performed in his lifetime. Beethoven marks the movement 'Prayer for inward and outward peace', yet it is punctuated by restless timpani beats - 'perhaps a nagging insecurity of doubt that is a part of the human condition that Beethoven expresses so profoundly for us all', as Ian Ray commented when Colchester Choral Society last performed the Missa Solemnis in 2006.

Bach St John Passion

Ellie Laugharne (soprano)
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones (mezzo soprano)
Daniel Joy (tenor)
Edward Grint (bass)

with Colchester Sinfonia (leader: Jessie Ridley)

Tickets: £15   
(£6 Under 25s)

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Dates for your diary...

Sunday 10th December 2017

Moot Hall, Colchester

Here Comes Christmas!

At our popular annual concert of Christmas music in the Edwardian splendour of Colchester's Town Hall, we will once again be joined by children from local schools, and there will be plenty of chances for our audience to sing favourite carols. After the concert, join us in the Mayor's Parlour for mulled wine and mince pies.

with Gillian Ward-Russell (organ) and brass quintet

Saturday 17th March 2018

St Botolphs Church, Colchester

Faure and Poulenc

The first compete performance of Gabriel Faure's Requiem Op 48 (which he began writing in 1885) with organ and chamber orchestra took place in 1893, but the version with which we are most familiar is that of 1900, where the texture was thickened by a larger orchestra, probably at the behest of the publishers. Our Spring Concert allows choir and audience alike to hear the limpid, luminous qualities of the original version. This will be paired with Poulenc's darkly beautiful Four Penitential Motets (1939), which the choir last performed in 2010.

with Gillian Wilson (soprano) and Colin Baldy (Baritone)

Beethoven - Missa Solemnis

Saturday 25th November 2017

St Botolph's Church, Colchester

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