Saturday 2 June 2018
(concert ends 9.40pm approximately)
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds
Haydn: The Creation
Sena Larard soprano
Christopher Turner tenor
Graeme Danby bass
Bury Bach Choir
Philip Reed conductor
Composed over a period of 18 months during 1796 and 1798, and first publicly performed in 1799, Haydn's oratorio The Creation is a vivid, charming and uplifting account of the seven days of Creation as depicted in the Book of Genesis and Milton's Paradise Lost. Scored for full orchestra, chorus, and three soloists, the work begins with an orchestral depiction of chaos in the time before the world was formed. Then comes the spine tingling ‘and there was light’ (the Big Bang); more than 200 years later, the effect is still shockingly powerful and exciting. As the days of Creation unfold, Haydn finds beautiful and inventive ways of representing the newly formed world and its various creatures, before leading us to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
The defining work of Haydn’s career, The Creation expresses its composer’s intense faith and reveals his compositional skill in a work of seamless perfection. The varied musical techniques Haydn uses to depict the grandeur of the first days of existence are brilliant, magnificent and colourful. Though Mozart died before Haydn composed The Creation, his much younger friend and colleague said of Haydn that he ‘alone has the secret both of making me smile and of touching my innermost soul’.
We are delighted to welcome back to Bury St Edmunds soprano Sena Larard and tenor Christopher Turner, together with Graeme Danby, for what will be an unmissable performance of Haydn’s choral masterpiece.
Early booking for reserved seats is recommended.
Booking opens 19 February 2018
Tickets £25 (reserved), £20 and £15 (unreserved)
Early booking discount £1 off all tickets booked by 5 May 2018
Possible concert dates and venues
Saturday 6 November 2021
The Apex, Charter Square
Saturday 18 December 2021
The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham
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