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The Oxhill News

April 2012

This months News



Haydn & Handel in Shipston 

On Saturday evening, 5th May, St. Edmund’s Church in Shipston-on-Stour will resound to the music of Haydn and Handel, with Richard Emms conducting the Stour Singers, the Cherwell Orchestra, and soloists Robyn Allegra Parton (soprano), Cathy Bell (mezzo soprano), Julian Forbes (tenor), Jon Stainsby (baritone), and Rachel Bird (organist). 

Haydn’s “Creation Mass” was performed first in1801, in celebration of the name-day of Princess Esterhazy, to the delight of the specially-invited audience. There are echoes of his oratorio “The Creation” to be found in this work. Also to be heard is Haydn’s “Te Deum”, composed for the Empress Marie-Therese (fond of singing herself), which starts and finishes with joyful celebration. Handel’s anthem “Let God Arise”, composed in the second decade of the 18th century for the Duke of Chandos, completes the programme. 

The concert starts at 7.30.p.m., and tickets can be obtained from choir members and from R. Clarke Electricals in Shipston. If you would like to know more, please contact Yvonne Ridley, Stour Singers’ Deputy Choir Manager, on 01789 269587.

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