Haydn’s interest in choral music had been aroused during his first London visit, when he had attended one of the Handel Commemoration concerts in Westminster Abbey. The experience, which had moved him deeply, inspired him to compose two oratorios in the English rather than the Italian manner: giving an important role to the choir rather than basing the work on the aria. The Creation, completed in 1798, is full of grand choruses, sometimes hymn-like and simple, sometimes with elaborate parts for solo voices, but always a delight to sing and listen to. Visiting singers will be joined by members of S George’s Singers and the professional soloists of The Turton Consort: soprano Leonie Maxwell, counter tenor Joseph Judge, tenor Ranald McCusker and baritone Robert Brooks. Whether you decide to join St George’s Singers for a wonderful day’s singing, or just come to the performance in the evening, you are sure to be entertained and enlightened.
As usual delicious homemade soups, sandwiches and cakes are available at lunchtime, or there are many places to eat out close by.