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Vivaldi's Gloria and other Baroque masterworks

Sunday 19 November 2017, 7:30 pm
St Dunstan's Church Mayfield

Magnificat RV 610 - Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Beatus vir SV 268 - Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Machet die Tore weit TWV 1: 1074 - Georg Philip Telemann (1681-1767)
Nulla in mundo pax sincera RV 630 - Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Gloria RV 589 - Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Mayfield Festival Choir directed by Jeremy Summerly with the Mayfield Baroque Orchestra and soloists Eloise Irving (soprano), Eleanor Sanderson-Nash (soprano), Beth Moxton (alto), Joel Williams (tenor) & Harry Thatcher (bass).

Vivaldi was a red-haired, asthmatic priest, who died in poverty. While JS Bach admired Vivaldi for his originality and striking sonorities, Vivaldi’s music fell into obscurity within a few years of the composer’s death, and it remained largely unheard by audiences throughout the 19th century. Now, of course, even a visit to a petrol station isn’t complete without seeing Vivaldi’s music on sale. The Gloria and the Magnificat are justifiably Vivaldi’s most frequently performed choral works, and the sublime opening movement of the Soprano cantata Nulla in mundo pax sincera has become equally well known because of its poignant use in the closing credits of the powerful 1996 film Shine about the life and work of British-trained Australian concert pianist David Helfgott.

In this Baroque feast, the choir and young soloists perform alongside period instruments, Vivaldi’s music is supported by that of Telemann and Monteverdi. Monteverdi was the finest composer of the early 17th century and Beatus vir was written for the spectacular surroundings of St Mark’s in Venice, where Monteverdi was Director of Music for three decades. Telemann wrote his cantata Machet die Tore weit almost a century later as an ambitious young composer in Frankfurt. This concert celebrates the glories of the German and Italian Baroque and by turns makes feet tap and tugs at the heartstrings.

Mayfield Baroque Orchestra: James Toll (leader); Claudia Norz, George Clifford, Christiane Eidsten Dahl (violin); Jordan Bowron, Joane Miller (viola); Alex Rolton (cello); John Henry Baker (double bass); Joel Raymond, Nicola Barbagli (oboe); Peter Mankarious (trumpet); Rupert Jeffcoat (organ).


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Why not make an evening of it in Mayfield?

Mayfield has several excellent pubs and restaurants providing pre concert food and post concert drinks.


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14 May 2017 | St Dunstan's Church, Mayfield

A Feast of St Nicolas


  • Britten: Saint Nicolas Op 42
  • Haydn: Missa in Honorem Sti Nicolai 1772

Mayfield Festival Choir is joined by London Primavera, a semi-chorus from Mayfield School's Schola Cantorum and soloists Eleanor Sanderson-Nash (Soprano), Katie Coventry (Mezzo), Stephen Mills (Tenor) and Harry Thatcher (Baritone) to bring you this concert of two very different musical responses to the well known figure of St Nicholas.

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1 May 2017 | Concert Hall, Mayfield School

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Audience-only tickets now also available for the final performance at 18:30.

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20 November 2016 | St. Dunstan’s Church, Mayfield

Handel's Messiah

Mayfield Festival Choir conducted by Jeremy Summerly with the Royal Academy Consort and soloists from the Royal Academy of Music.

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