Beethoven Missa Solemnis
One of the outstanding statements of Western civilisation

Cooke’s Tour 12: Beethoven Missa Solemnis
Richard Cooke’s introduction:

“Missa Solemnis was written for the installation of an archbishop whose brother was the Emperor of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which followed the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806…”
Richard Cooke


Beethoven Missa Solemnis concert for Beethoven 250th Anniversary

Beethoven Missa Solemnis on Youtube:
Colin Davis, BBC Proms 2011
Gardiner, NordDeutscheRadioOrchestra and Monteverdi Choir
Leonard Bernstein and Concertgebouworkest, Amsterdam
hr-Sinfonieorchester, Wiener Singverein and Andrés Orozco-Estrada

Photo (above):  Concept: Towering force.

Canterbury Choral Society Missa Solemnis concerts:
20 June 2020
Cancelled due to Covid-19.
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We hope to perform it in June 2021.
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21 June 2014
Canterbury Festival 2006
16 March 2002
Canterbury Festival 1996

Canterbury Choral Society Music Director, Richard Cooke, is sharing his favourite works to give some musical nourishment in these difficult, isolated times. ‘Cooke’s Tour’ is a weekly musical voyage (not necessarily choral music) that music lovers can enjoy without leaving home. You can see his introductory video on Royal Choral Society YouTube channel.

Join Richard Cooke’s music tour at or follow on Canterbury Choral Society Twitter or #CookesTour.

As well as Canterbury Choral Society, Richard Cooke is Music Director of Royal Choral Society and University of Essex Choir.