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London Concert Choir: Haydn’s Nelson Mass

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Music for gods and heroes: London Concert Choir presents Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony.

Joseph Haydn composed the Mass during the ongoing turmoil of the Napoleonic wars, when much of Austria was occupied by the French.

His own title was Missa in angustiis (Mass in troubled times). However, the year it was completed (1798) coincided with Nelson’s decisive victory over the French in the Battle of the Nile, and it came to be known as the Nelson Mass in tribute to the Admiral.

Despite the feeling of foreboding in some of the movements, the Mass is mostly confident and joyful.

Haydn's powerful and dramatic Te Deum (We praise thee, O Lord) for chorus and orchestra was completed in 1800, and was commissioned by the Habsburg Empress, Maria Theresa, who was a talented soprano and an admirer of Haydn’s music.

In 1800, the Empress, together with Lord Nelson and Sir William and Lady Hamilton, heard both works performed in the palace of Haydn’s employer Prince Esterházy at Eisenstadt.

Mozart’s sublime and exhilarating final symphony was the last of three to be composed in quick succession during the summer of 1788.

It was probably the London impresario Salomon who named it after the mightiest of the ancient Roman gods.

London Concert Choir, one of London’s leading amateur choirs, is about to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

It regularly appears with Music Director Mark Forkgen at London’s premier concert venues and is noted for its conviction and expressiveness in an unusually varied repertoire.

The Counterpoint ensemble is made up of leading period instrument specialists.


Counterpoint Ensemble
Mark Forkgen conductor
Erica Eloff soprano
Amy Lyddon mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Hurndall Smith tenor
Colin Campbell bass
London Concert Choir


Haydn: Te Deum in C, Hob.XXIIIc:2 (for the Empress Marie Therese)
Mozart: Symphony No.41 (Jupiter)
Haydn: Mass in D minor (Nelson Mass)

Dates & times

10 Jul 2019
Approximate run time: 120 mins
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Queen Elizabeth Hall


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