University Chamber Choir & Baroque Ensemble

University Chamber Choir

Wednesday 29 November 2017 at 7.30PM
Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall

University Chamber Choir

University Baroque Ensemble

Compagnia d’Istrumenti

Peter Seymour conductor

Handel and the English Baroque

Ode for St Cecilia’s Day HWV 76

O Sing unto the Lord a New Song HWV 249

Handel’s beautifully intimate settings written for the first Duke of Chandos are among his less well-known but some of his loveliest works, and perfect examples of the composer’s English style. The annual celebrations for the name day of St Cecilia (22 November) inspired composers to dazzling new heights of creativity. At the 1739 festival Handel’s Ode to St Cecilia (setting the famous text by Dryden) enthralled London audiences with chorus, top-notch soloists and a splendid array of obbligato instruments – and some of his finest music.

The University Chamber Choir also gives concerts on 7 March and on 6 June

Tickets: £12; concessions £10; students £3

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