Newsletter October 2011

Festival Chorus Newsletter
October 2011
 
 
Our winter concert this year has a particularly appropriate theme – that of St Nicholas whose feast day is celebrated on the 6th December; our concert will be on the 10th. One of the pieces we will be performing is the St Nicholas Mass by Josef Haydn – Missa Sancti Nicolai. Haydn became vice-Kapellmeister to the Esterhazy court in 1761, his patron Prince Paul Anton, a keen music lover and a musician himself. On his death in 1762 he was succeeded by his brother, Nicolas. He also was an enthusiastic musician and a generous employer – though the post Haydn held was no sinecure – his contract stipulated :
Whenever His Princely Highness commands, the vice-Kapellmeister is obligated to compose such works of music as His Highness may demand; further not to communicate [such] new compositions to anyone, still less allow them to be copied [for others], but to reserve them entirely and exclusively for His Highness; most of all to compose nothing for any other person without prior knowledge and gracious consent.
However, relations with his employer were not always smooth. In 1765 Haydn was reprimanded for not  composing enough –especially for not composing pieces for the “baryton”, an instrument much favoured by the prince – ‘
Kapellmeister Haydn is urgently enjoined to apply himself to composition more zealously than heretofore, and especially to compose more pieces that one can play on the [baryton]’.
 Needless to say, Haydn’s production increased. In 1766, Haydn became Kapellmeister and he began to compose pieces on a much larger scale than previously, in particular a number of masses. The Missa Sancti Nicolai was composed in 1772, most likely to honour the prince’s name day, the feast of St Nicholas and its cheerful, infectious energy make it perfect for such an occasion. We are going to enjoy performing it.
The AGM is now a memory. But for those who were not able to be there, I am attaching a copy of the Chair’s report and the Accounts.

Announcements

Monday 7th November 8 pm – Sopranos to rehearse at Broomwood Church Hall, Kyrle Road.SW11; Altos to rehearse at 15 Old Devonshire Road, SW12; Tenors and Basses to rehearse at Broomwood Church Hall, Kyrle Road SW11.
Dates
This term:
Concert; Saturday 10th December, 7.30pm St Luke’s Church, Ramsden Road SW12
Saturday Rehearsals 8th October and 26th November, St Mary’s Church, Balham High Road, SW12
 
Future:
Spring 2012
Concert: Saturday 10th March, 7.30pm St Luke’s Church, Ramsden Road SW12
Saturday Rehearsals 11th February and 10th March, St Mary’s Church, Balham High Road, SW12
Summer 2012
Concert: Saturday 7th July, 7.30pm St Luke’s Church, Ramsden Road SW12
Saturday Rehearsals 19th May and 23rd June, St Mary’s Church, Balham High Road SW12
Winter 2012
Concert: Saturday 23rd November, St Luke’s Church, Ramsden Road Sw12
Saturday Rehearsals 6th October and 10th November, St Mary’s Church, Balham High Road SW12
Events:
 
Saturday 29th October – Come and Sing Day. Director David Fawcett 10am – 3.30pm St Mary’s Church, Balham High Road SW12
Saturday 5th November 7.30, St Mary’s Church, Balham High Road, SW12 – Katie Bray (mezzo soprano), James Baillieu (piano), Claire Jones (harp), Rosalind Ventris (viola). Free
Tuesday 8th November – 7.30pm St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, Vasari Singers – Bruckner Mass in E minor
Saturday December 3, 2011 at 7.30, The South West London Choral Society, St Anne’s Church, St Ann’s Hill, Wandsworth, SW18 2RS
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If you have any queries about the choir or anything in this newsletter please either ask at rehearsals or contact Ferelith Hordon at fhordon@aol.com
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