Ben Gernon – conductor
Georgie Malcolm – soprano
Clara Mouriz – mezzo soprano
Joshua Ellicott – tenor
Thomas Ashdown – baritone
Chetham’s Chamber Choir
Haydn Mass in B flat major, ‘Harmoniemesse’
Bach, orch. Webern Ricercar a 6 from ‘Musical Offering’
Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 ‘Jupiter’
Tonight’s advertised conductor, Omer Meir Wellber, has had to pull out due to illness. We are grateful to Ben Gernon for taking his place.
Ben Gernon directs a suitably expansive team of musicians and singers in a roof-raising performance tonight.
We open with Harmoniemesse, Haydn’s last important work which he wrote and completed in the year he turned 70. Yet this is no valediction, no quiet farewell – it’s a work of magnificent ambition and grandeur, ending not with a solemn wave goodbye but an infectious sense of positivity and joy.
There’s also more than a touch of the epic about Mozart’s last Symphony, ‘Jupiter,’ which concludes tonight’s performance. Completed in 1788, three years before his death, the young composer was unaware how significant his posthumous influence would be, especially on the likes of Haydn.
In between, we’ll enjoy Webern’s exquisitely jewelled take on the six-part Ricercar from Bach’s Musical Offering.
Digital Programme Notes and Phone Use
2022 BBC Philharmonic concerts in the 2021/22 season open up the opportunity for all Bridgewater Hall audiences to access free programme notes via smartphones. You can choose to access information about the performance in two ways:
– Programme Notes: Programme notes similar to a traditional printed programme, with summary information about the music and the composers
– BBC Notes: Detailed programme notes, timed with the music, giving you insights into what you are hearing and seeing on stage as it happens
Use the QR code printed on your ticket to access either. Both options are completely free with your concert ticket but please be aware that mobile phone use is unrestricted and applies to all seating areas within the Bridgewater Hall.