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Handel and Haydn

January 21 2023, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Handel – Coronation Anthems
Haydn – Nelson Mass
with Instruments of Time and Truth

St Andrew’s Church, Saturday 21 January 2023, 7.30pm


Duncan Saunderson, our Music Director, writes:

Our next concert includes some of my favourite music to sing and conduct.
Haydn’s fabulous Missa in Angustiis (Mass for troubled Times) has been
described as arguably his greatest work. The title refers to the havoc
Napoleon was creating in Europe, with Vienna under direct threat. At
the time of writing, Nelson landed a stunning victory over Napoleon on
the Nile, with its vital trade routes to Britain. The timing, and Nelson’s
subsequent meeting with Haydn in Esterhazy, led to the nickname ‘The
Nelson Mass’.

I’ve been singing Handel’s sublime Coronation Anthems for almost 40
years, and lucky enough to have sung them to the Queen twice. The first
occasion in 1984 was as part of a choir of 700 music students in The Royal
Albert Hall under the baton of Sir David Willcocks. (I still have an 8-sided
seating plan from an old typewriter!)

Another time was 10 years later in The Rudolphinum, Prague with The
Choir of New College, Oxford and The King’s Consort under Robert
King. Afterwards, when lined up to meet the Queen and the Duke (who
didn’t recognise me!), we were so star-struck that many of us wondered
who the unfamiliar face was with them. It turned out be Václav Havel,
last president of Czechoslovakia, leader of The Velvet Revolution (the non-violent toppling of Communism in 1989) and distinguished playwright. I’ve tried to make amends for this youthful ignorance by reading some of
his work. He enjoyed the Handel enormously!

We very much hope to see you on 21 January 2023 for this glorious concert of
Handel and Haydn, and SCS, at their best!


Date: January 21 2023
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Venue Name: St Andrew’s Church, Oxford
Address: Linton Rd
Oxford, OX2 6UG United Kingdom
Phone: +44 1865 311212