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19th November 2016

Our 51st season begins with a concert which actually celebrates the anniversary of the very first concert.

In December 1966, the Evening Class gave its first performance, with Vivaldi's Gloria as the main work, and carols completing the programme. It took place in Holy Trinity Church, and was very well received.

So, 50 years on, we are performing two equally popular, but even more magnificent works: Bach's Magnificat, and Mozart's Mass in C minor.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) wrote his Magnificat for Christmas Day 1723, when he was employed as Kappelmeister in Leipzig.
It includes trumpets and drums, and is a festive setting of this most popular of liturgical texts.
There are four "interpolations" which were traditionally added to the Magnificat on Christmas Day, and we are including these in this performance.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) didn't actually complete his great C minor Mass - there are significant pieces of the text which do not appear. Parts of it were performed in his lifetime, and various editors have made the existing portions performable as a concert work, if not as a liturgical setting (which is was probably never intended to be). Whatever the background to it, there is no denying that it contains some of Mozart's most sublime choral and vocal writing.