University of Kent Chorus and Symphony Orchestra
Lydia Cheng leader
Susan Wanless conductor
Rhiannon Llewellyn soprano
Bethan Langford mezzo-soprano
Satriya Krisna tenor
Thomas Humphreys baritone
Matthew King A Hero Passes (University commission)
Beethoven Symphony No 3 in E flat major, Eroica
Haydn Nelson Mass
Haydn’s magnificent third Mass was originally titled ‘in Angustiis’ (in troubled times) as Napoleon’s army was sweeping across Europe and threatening to invade his native Austria. With news of the French defeat by Lord Nelson at the Battle of the Nile and the subsequent performance of the Mass for the Admiral, its final famous title was coined.
Beethoven’s third symphony was originally to be called ‘Bonaparte’, but with news that Napoleon had crowned himself Emperor of France, the composer angrily scratched out the title and instead called the work ‘Eroica’ – a revolutionary work in every sense. The concert begins with the world premiere of a contemporary take on ‘heroism’ by the internationally-acclaimed composer, Matthew King.