mozart haydn

The City of London Choir is proud to present with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra a series of concerts at Cadogan Hall conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton celebrating some of the finest achievements of the classical period: the six great masses of Haydn, each paired with one of Mozart’s late piano concertos.

The series opens on Monday 2nd November 2015 with Haydn’s intensely dramatic Nelson Mass (Missa in Angustiis, Hob. XXII:11) paired with Piano Concerto no. 23 in A (K488), featuring Mozart at his most ebullient in the outer movements and most intense, in the slow movement. Choir and orchestra open the concert with Mozart’s jubilant Regina Coeli (K 276), and his celebrated concert aria Ch’io mi scordi di te (K 505) will give full rein to the outstanding talents of pianist Tom Poster and soprano Rachel Nicholls. For full details, please click here.

The second concert in the series will be on Tuesday 12th April 2016 at Cadogan Hall, featuring Haydn’s Paukenmesse (Missa in tempore belli, Hob. XXII:9) and Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 21 in C (K467) with soloist Leon McCawley. For details, please click here.

Haydn composed a mass in each of his six final years (1796-1802) as Kapellmeister to the Esterhazy family to mark the name day of the reigning Prince’s wife – a great highlight of the court’s social calendar – providing the world with some of the greatest works ever written for choir and orchestra. Haydn’s reputation throughout Europe was unsurpassed – except by his close friend Mozart. The younger man’s undisputed genius and personality are revealed nowhere as clearly as in the piano concertos written in 1782-1784 – everyone a masterpiece, yet written at a time when Mozart’s life (in sharp contrast to Haydn’s) was in disarray and relative poverty.

For press tickets and further information, please contact Chris Evans, Director of Press and Marketing, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: evansc@rpo.co.uk