Beethoven Missa Solemnis

Missa Solemnis

Saturday 18 June 2022, 7.30pm

Richard Cooke conductor
Canterbury Choral Society
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Judith Howarth soprano
Madeleine Shaw mezzo-soprano
James Gilchrist tenor
Jimmy Holliday bass

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

£29.50, £24.50, £19.50, £15.50, £11.50 (unreserved)
Booking Fees included

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Festival House, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, CT1 2JA

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Beethoven Missa Solemnis concert for Beethoven 250th AnniversaryBeethoven Missa Solemnis

This concert was originally scheduled to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven by singing the mightiest work of this mightiest of composers. ‘From the heart, may it go to the heart’ wrote Beethoven in his score, and one can observe Beethoven’s heartfelt outpouring reaching to the world and beyond, and to the limits of the human voice and of musical expression. As such it is unique, and only more rarely heard than his 9th symphony because of the challenges it presents to performers, taking its place together with few others as one of the greatest statements of western civilisation. Is it one of our conductor’s favourite and most cherished works? Yes it most certainly is. Can Canterbury Choral Society sing it? Yes they can, and we are once again excited to have the Royal Philharmonic returning to perform with us, together with a stellar line-up of soloists.

Come and be shocked, inspired and blown away.


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Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales
Music Director: Vasily Petrenko

As the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2021, its mission to enrich lives through orchestral experiences that are uncompromising in their excellence and inclusive in their appeal, places the RPO at the forefront of music-making in the UK. Performing approximately 200 concerts each season and with a worldwide audience of more than half-a-million people, the Orchestra embraces a broad repertoire that enables it to reach the most diverse audience of any British symphony orchestra. Whilst artistic integrity remains paramount, the RPO is unafraid to push boundaries and is equally at home recording video game, film and television soundtracks and working with pop stars, as it is performing the great symphonic repertoire.


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