Joseph Haydn – engraving c. 1840
We are delighted to hear that our Director, Prof. Denis McCaldin, will be the expert lecturer on a week-long tour of Eisenstadt from 5-10 September 2017 with Martin Randall Travel. Martin Randall’s tours have a tremendous reputation and the tour of Eisenstadt promises to be a fine continuation of their excellent European packages.
You can find out more about the tour, including its itinerary, at Martin Randall Travel’s website.
We are very pleased to be able to support our friend, conductor Ben Palmer, in celebrating the 10th anniversary of his artistic directorship of the Orchestra of St Paul’s. The concert on 17 February 2017, including a performance of Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante in B flat, takes place in St. Paul’s Covent Garden, the venue for the concert we supported in 2016 of Ben’s new arrangement of Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross. Tickets will be available on the door.
We are delighted to have heard news from the Winchester Music Club. As part of the celebrations leading to their centenary in 2025, they will be performing all the extant and surviving masses of Joseph Haydn, who came to Winchester in August 1794 during one of his visits to England.
The Club writes:
“These twelve settings of the mass, which will be performed over eight concerts between 2017 and 2024, include some of the finest church music ever written. In particular, the last six masses, composed for the annual celebrations of the Feast of our Lady, cemented Haydn’s reputation across Europe at the end of the 18th century. Although often overlooked, in this area Haydn’s achievements exceed even those of his younger contemporary, Mozart.
All Haydn’s masses have been recorded several times, but we do not think that any choir has attempted to perform them all live in concert as a series. Seven of the twelve will be receiving their first performances by the Winchester Music Club.
Other choral and instrumental works by Haydn will also feature during the series, including settings of the Te Deum and Salve Regina (his earliest known choral work), and concertos for various instruments, most notably his famous Trumpet Concerto. The same concerts will include music by other composers who were contemporaries of Joseph Haydn: Mozart, Beethoven, and Michael Haydn, brother of Joseph. The cycle will conclude in March 2024 at the end of our 99th season, with a performance of Haydn’s last mass, the Harmoniemesse.
The series will be launched on 19 March 2017 in New Hall, Winchester College, with a performance of Haydn’s most famous mass, the so-called ‘Nelson’ Mass (more properly the Missa in Angustiis), along with Mozart’s Solemn Vespers and an organ concerto by Haydn, with Jamal Sutton as soloist.”
It’s nice to be able to close out this most Sturm und Drang of a year with news of the publication of our Journal issue 35 – which includes a piece from our friend and prolific blogger Michael McCaffrey on how Shakespeare led Haydn to the idea itself.
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Sir Neville Marriner speaking at the unveiling of the Haydn Plaque, March 2015 (image: Iona Wolff)
Director of the Haydn Society of Great Britain, Denis McCaldin, writes:
“The Haydn Society shares a deep sense of loss following the death of Sir Neville Marriner on Sunday, 2nd October 2016. It was only a few months ago that he generously unveiled our blue plaque to the composer in London at 18, Great Pulteney Street. In his introductory speech, Sir Neville spoke of his gratitude to Haydn for many things, not least for creating much of the rich repertoire of his chamber orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Through their many performances and recordings together, they became major pioneers in the current revival of interest in Haydn’s music. The recordings live on, and remain a lasting tribute to both composer and conductor.”