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Wetherby Choral Society – June Concert
Sat 22 June @ 19:30 - 22:00
A Festival Partner Event
Following its moving and memorable performance of the St John Passion for Easter, Wetherby Choral Society ends its 2018/19 season with another choral masterpiece.
Haydn – The Creation
Joseph Haydn’s devout, celebratory Age-of-Enlightenment oratorio.
Musical Director: John Dunford.
Ildiko Allen (Soprano)
Austin Gunn (Tenor)
John Savournin (Bass)
Wetherby Pro Musica.
Tickets £16.00, (18s and under free) available from:
- The Ticket Manager: 07860 454894
- E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nicolla Florist, 1, Bank Street, Wetherby (Tel: 01937 585233)
- Chorus members
- or at the door on the night.
Click here to see our poster: 190622 Creation poster
Interestingly, the libretto for The Creation, based on the book of Genesis, the Psalms and Milton’s Paradise Lost, had originally been offered to Handel but he rejected it on account of its ‘wordiness’. When Haydn came to London, he was very impressed by the popularity of the oratorio form, so, scoring it for soloists, chorus and orchestra and with a pared down libretto (originally in German) between 1797 and 1798 he composed his own. This however was no ‘second cousin’ to the great Handel works and ‘The Creation’ is regarded by many as Haydn’s greatest masterpiece.
Receiving its first performance in England 1800, duly translated back into English, The Creation tells in 3 parts, i) the Creation of Light, the Sun and Moon; ii) the Creation of Animals, Man and Woman, and iii) the story of Adam and Eve before the Fall.
Haydn’s music seems always to convey a sense of life-affirming joyousness, a sentiment which Wetherby Choral Society under the energetic and inspiring baton of Musical Director John Dunford, is more than capable of expressing.
Many will know the great Chorus, ‘The Heavens Are Telling the Glory of God’. That is just one of the treats in store for the audience on the night!