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Remembrance Day performance of Haydn “Nelson Mass”

Published: 4 December 2012
The concert in St Michael's Church

University musicians gave a powerful performance of F.J. Haydn's "Nelson Mass" on Remembrance Sunday, 11 November. Paul Cox - University of Southampton's Head of String Studies - conducted Cantores Michaelis, the HARTLEY Singers and HARTLEY Sinfonia *, joined by guest soloists Elizabeth Fulleylove and Kayleigh Conway-Jarrett (both Southampton graduates), David Rendall and Ian Caddy.

The concert took place in St Michael's Church, Bugle Street - a 1,000-year-old building in the historical centre of Southampton. It was full to capacity. Other music in the programme developed the Nelson theme: Haydn's "Lines from 'The Battle of the Nile'" (Emma Bryant singing, Laurence McNaughton at the piano) and John Braham's "The Death of Nelson" (Ian Caddy, with David Owen Norris accompanying). A short piece by Franz Joseph's younger brother Michael Haydn received its modern premiere right at the beginning - his C major "Tantum Ergo", in a 1790s arrangement for choir and wind ensemble. This had been edited by Music postgraduate Austin Glatthorn, who unearthed it in a Regensburg archive over the summer.

Seventy five students took part, playing and singing alongside members of teaching staff: Caroline Balding (violin, leader), Julian Poore (trumpet), Rob Harris (horn) and David Owen Norris (piano, harpsichord). Staff-student collaboration in high-profile public performance contexts is a distinctive part of the Southampton Music experience, delivering results of which the university and the city can be proud.

* To mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Hartley Institution in October 1862 (the University of Southampton's founding moment), Music Department has revived HARTLEY as its flagship public performance brand. To join HARTLEY's email list and find out more about future productions, please contact Victoria Hooper in Music:

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