MAGNIFICENT MUSIC for a March Evening is the title of the Galway Choral Association’s upcoming concert which will see it perform Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis,, also known as the Nelson Mass.
The concert takes place this Saturday at 8pm in St Nicholas' Collegiate Church. The choir will be under the baton of musical director Norman Duffy and the solists will be Catherine Redding, Sharon Carty, Eoin Hynes, and Brendan Collins, along with organist Ramin Haghjoo. There will also be a performance of Mozart’s Credo Mass (Mass in C K 257 ).
“Performing the Missa in Angustiis has been a long-term goal of mine” says Norman Duffy. “Haydn wrote it a time of intense fear for the future of Austria. He was unaware that Lord Nelson’s army dealt Napoleon a stunning defeat in the Battle of the Nile, just as the Mass was being written. The first performances occurred as this news spread around the world, forever linking Nelson’s name to the work in the public mind.”
The evening also marks the beginning of a two-year collaboration with Davy as the main sponsor of the Galway Choral Association. Tickets are €20/18 from Eventbrite; Opus II, High Street (091 - 500 300 ); choir members; or at the door. See www.galwaychoral.ie or Facebook.