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Haydn Nelson Mass by candlelight

  • St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square London WC2N 4JH United Kingdom (map)

The Nelson Mass is Haydn’s largest mass setting, and perhaps even his best-loved choral work. Although its formal name, Missa in Angustiis, could be translated as ‘Mass for Times of Distress’, on the contrary much of the work evokes joy and hope, expressed in particular by the soprano soloist but also by the triumphant trumpets and timpani coupled with the virtuosic string band.

Twickenham Choral is a thriving 100-voice choir, drawing singers of a high standard from a wide area of south-west London to perform great works from the choral repertoire, as well as to explore less familiar music from the Renaissance to the present day.

The choir is privileged to work with excellent professional soloists and orchestras, and aims for the highest quality of performance under the dynamic direction of its longstanding conductor, Christopher Herrick. For some years now, Twickenham Choral has been accompanied by the Brandenburg orchestras: a much-valued collaboration. Concerts are staged at least three times a year, usually in local south-west London venues, and with the Brandenburg in their London Festivals. The choir has toured widely in Europe. Concerts in the past couple of years have included Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony at St John’s Smith Square, and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms paired with Rachmaninov’s The Bells.

Twickenham Choral
Brandenburg Sinfonia
Junior Guildhall Trumpets
Christopher Herrick
— Conductor

Tickets £33 (premium) £30 £27 £20 £15 £9 — available from the St Martin's box office — call 020 7766 1100 or book online.

A combined ticket for both of this evening's concerts is available, which offers a 25% discount — please call the St Martin's box office for availability.

The premium seats at St Martin's are front, central, and include a cushion.