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J S Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Nelson Mass

In our next concert we will sing J S Bach’s Magnificat and Haydn’s Nelson Mass in Ely Cathedral. It will take place on Saturday 20th April 2024 at 7:30 pm.

D major is the key for triumphant choral works like Vivaldi’s Gloria (heard last term), Handel’s Zadok the Priest and Hallelujah Chorus. With a professional orchestra, complete with trumpets and drums, a large choir and 5 young soloists, Bach’s fabulous setting of the Magnificat (also in D!) is guaranteed to thrill all who hear it.

Haydn added trumpet fanfares to his Missa in angustiis (Mass in the time of peril) after Nelson’s defeat of Napoleon’s French navy at Aboukir. Ever since Admiral Nelson and Lady Hamilton attended a performance of it in Eisenstadt in 1800, it has been known as the Nelson Mass and remains Haydn’s most popular Mass setting.

The orchestra, The Medlock Sinfonia (leader Helen Medlock), will add an additional item to the programme.

The soloists will be Charlotte Kennedy soprano, Bethan Terry soprano, Lexie Moon mezzo-soprano, Jacob Cole tenor, Ed Birchinall bass and Glen Dempsey organ continuo, with support from the Josephine Baker Trust.

Conducted by Andrew Parnell

Tickets £28, £22, £15 and £5 for U18s from the cathedral box office or at