Saturday, 17th March, 2018 at 7:30pm, St James Church, Muswell Hill

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We would like to invite you to our next concert which is on Saturday 17th March at St James Church, Muswell Hill and which features Parts 1 and 2 of Haydn's The Creation.

Written between 1797 and 1798, this ever-popular oratorio is considered by many to be Haydn's masterpiece. He was inspired to write a large-scale choral piece during his visits to England in 1791-1792 and 1794-1795, when he heard the oratorios of Handel performed by large forces. Based on the account of the creation in the book of Genesis, Part 1 describes and celebrates the creation of light, the earth, the heavenly bodies, bodies of water, weather and plant life, and Part 2 tells of the creation of sea creatures, birds, animals, and lastly man.

As a curtain-raiser, we will sing Haydn's dramatic motet Insanae et vanae curae from Il ritorno di Tobia. 'Frantic and futile anxieties invade our minds; they often fill our hearts with madness, depriving them of hope. What is the use, O mortal man, of striving after earthly things, if you neglect heaven?'

We are joined by three distinguished soloists, soprano Charlotte Beament, tenor William Morgan and baritone James Cleverton, and by our regular orchestra, the Meridian Sinfonia.

Looking forward to seeing you there!