HANDEL Birthday Ode to Queen Anne
MOZART Solemn Vespers
HAYDN 'Creation' Mass

Saturday April 21st at 7.30pm
St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol BS1 5RR

Paul Walton conductor
Jessica Cale soprano
Jenna Brown alto
Iain Macleod-Jones tenor
Alexander Learmonth bass

TICKETS £15, £12.50, £10
under 16s free with an adult
Available from St George's Box Office 0845 4024 001
Great George St (off Park St), Bristol BS2 5RR
And from choir members

Paul Walton writes...
Bristol Phoenix Choir invites you to a musical birthday celebration. If you were anyone in the eighteenth century, what better way of marking your (or your wife’s) birthday than getting an eminent composer to write a piece for the occasion. We present Handel’s Birthday Ode for Queen Anne of 1712, widely celebrated for its beautiful opening aria ‘Eternal source of light divine’ but with a great variety of moods over its nine movements. Unusually for such odes, the text is considered to be as inspired as the music!
Our main work is Haydn’s ‘Creation’ Mass, one of several written for the birthday of Princess Marie Esterházy. Its nickname arises from Haydn’s quotation from Adam and Eve’s music from The Creation, used (somewhat audaciously) in the middle of the Gloria. We hope you will be more amused than the Emperor’s wife was!
The programme is completed with Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, which includes the celebrated soprano solo ‘Laudate Dominum’.

Spring 2018