From Joseph Haydn to Jonathan Dove

LCS chair Brenda Scanlan challenged our programme compiler Martin Bull to find a link between the Haydn and Mozart at our November 18th concert, our home patch of Lewisham, and the choir itself.

Well, nothing came to light to match Haydn, Mozart and Lewisham but Martin did find a link (admittedly a tenuous one) between our second half opener Insanae et vanae curae and the choir.

The music of Haydn’s short motet was originally composed as a chorus and was added by Haydn to a revised version of his early oratorio Il ritorno di Tobia (The return of Tobias). The plot is taken from the Book of Tobit which appears in the Apocrypha, a sort of appendix to the Bible, and that same story formed the basis of Tobias and the Angel, a community opera by contemporary British composer Jonathan Dove.

And the link is…

In a 2006 Young Vic production of the opera, many members of LCS performed as ‘trees, mountains, river and angels’. This show re-opened the Young Vic after a long period of renovation, so it was eagerly awaited by many, and it was a great privilege for LCS to take part in the production. Among those in the audience were actors Jude Law, Clive Owen and Mark Rylance, and film and theatre directors Mike Leigh, Stephen Daldry and Peter Brook.

In their reviews, the Daily Telegraph spoke of “hugely impressive amateur choruses and choirs” and The Times said “the amateurs… are as much the stars of this superb piece as anyone else”.

We also sang in the premiere recording of the work, issued by Chandos in 2010, click play on the video below for an excerpt from the piece:

We hope you approve of our tenuous linking!

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