Concert Friday 10th June, 8pm at St Pancras Church, Euston
We're delighted to announce the orchestra's involvement in a very special concert to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Eclectic Voices. The concert programme is Beethoven's magnificent work Missa Solemnis, conducted by Scott Stroman and features soloist voices Nicole Tibbels (soprano), Deborah Miles Johnson (mezzo-sporano), Colin Judson (tenor) and David Soar (bass).
The Missa Solemnis is a truly staggering piece. It is considered to be one of Beethoven’s greatest achievements and it is something that Eclectic Voices Musical Director and founder, Scott Stroman, has been eagerly waiting to perform for a very long time. He has shared some of his thoughts about this, his first time directing this magnificent piece and his enthusiasm and excitement are truly infectious and inspirational.
Scott explains why it means so much for him; “The Missa Solemnis has always been top of my list of works that I've wanted to learn and conduct. Beethoven's music has spoken to me personally from the first moment I became aware of it. I wrote an analysis of his music for my university thesis and over time I have conducted most of the symphonies from memory. I’ve greatly enjoyed doing the earlier, simpler Mass in C on several occasions with Eclectic Voices and I've been aching for years to get my teeth in the Mass in D (Missa Solemnis)."
"I was inspired by Colin Davis in particular. This piece holds a special place for many conductors, most of whom are principally orchestral conductors. Colin Davis said to me that orchestral players often don't realise that the greatest music is choral music, and this is the top of the tree. He also said that, as with Mozart's Requiem, woe is the one who approaches it without belief, or at least awe. It holds deeply hidden treasures."
Scott also makes clear that this piece is magnificently challenging in several ways. "It is a huge challenge to perform, and that challenge is a major part of the piece itself. To my mind the challenges posed by this piece have absolutely nothing to do with Beethoven's deafness, except in the sense that he was struggling to understand his own misfortunes, and that struggle is reflected in the music. Perhaps, as a younger man, Beethoven in his Mass in C was somewhat going through the motions and putting his mark on the existing model of setting the mass — not here. This is a composer who was pushing the boundaries of the mass form past its limits. He was an emotive philosopher and had something important to say about belief and life itself."
"The music is brilliant, fantastic, amazing, beautiful, spiritual, uplifting, and healing. It makes me happy and I want to share that happiness with others, especially this fantastic group of singers with whom I have spent the past 25 years.”
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