Haydn's initial attempts at composing in the oratorio form were disappointing for him. Il ritorno di Tobia (The Return of Tobias) composed in 1775, despite an initial enthusiastic reception, is little known or performed these days and Haydn withdrew from the form for many years. Following his visits to England in 1791–1792 and 1794–1795, when he heard Handel's oratorios performed by large forces, he regained his inspiration and returned to compose The Creation and The Seasons in short succession. The Creation is to be the subject of our collaborative Singing Day project with the Buxton International Festival next summer, but before then we will perform his last oratorio, brimming with the mastery of his craft.
The Society last performed the work in 2007 and is delighted to be joined by three outstanding soloists who are no strangers to Buxton