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Jul 15

Songs of Rest



After a marvellous collaborative performance of Mozart’s Requiem in 2014, The Australian Haydn Ensemble and The Choir of St James’ join forces once again to present Joseph Haydn’s Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo, the ‘Little Organ Mass’, and the Requiem in C minor by his brother Michael Haydn.
Michael Haydn’s Requiem in C minor made a profound impression on the young Mozart and is seen by many as the model for the latter’s last great composition. Mozart and his father Leopold in fact both performed in the orchestra for the debut of this work. The piece resonates with the grief and despair felt by the composer over the loss of his only daughter, Aloisia, but ultimately resounds with consolation.
The charming ‘Little Organ Mass’ by Michael’s older brother and TAHE’s namesake, Joseph Haydn, earned its nickname from the exceptional obbligato organ writing in the beautiful solo soprano movement that is the Benedictus. This performance will feature historical keyboard specialist Neal Peres Da Costa.
William Byrd’s poignant lament Infelix ego is an epic Renaissance work considered to be his masterpiece, and completes the setting for this tranquil concert.
F.J. HAYDN          Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo (‘Little Organ Mass’)
BYRD                    Infelix ego
J.M. HAYDN        Requiem in C minor
Ayșe Göknur Shanal ~ soprano                                      
Nicole Smeulders ~ mezzo soprano                                                                            
Richard Butler ~ tenor                                                                                                 
Nicholas Dinopoulos ~ bass                                                                                        
The Choir of St James' with
The Australian Haydn Ensemble
Director ~ Warren Trevelyan-Jones
Leader and Artistic Director ~ Skye McIntosh
Event details
Date:                     Saturday 8 August 2015
Time:                     5:00pm 
Venue:                 St James’ Church, 173 King StreetSydney NSW 2000
Tickets:                $50/45; to book call (02) 8256 2222, visit www.cityrecitalhall.com or purchase on the door
Jul 15

Music Notes - August 2015


Though we are well on our way into Ordinary Time, the music at St James’ has been far from ordinary over the past couple of months. We’ve welcomed back previous St James’ Organist David Blunden to the organ loft to be actively engaged in the life of the music department in the light of Alistair Nelson’s absence. David has now gone back to Basel, Switzerland, and Sarah Kim (formerly Organ Scholar) returns to play for us during the months of August and September.

Read more: Music Notes - August 2015

Jan 15

2015 Concert Series




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