PARISH CHURCH CRUMBLES AT TURNING POINT IN MUSICAL HISTORY
A concert that captures a turning point of musical history will take place in All Saints Church, Kingston on 10 June. When the music was composed – by the four musical giants of the 18th Century – it marked a momentous development from Baroque to Classical styles. It wasn’t a good period for All Saints Church, though, which was in a poor state of repair, culminating in the collapse of some walls onto the sexton and killing him.
Today’s church, though, is extensively restored and transforms into a concert venue with good acoustics and staging for the 80-strong choir and full orchestra needed to do full justice to the four glorious choral works. The first half of the 18th-Century Classics concert features High Baroque music of 1700-50 by Bach and Handel, with signature pieces by Classical musical pioneers Haydn and Mozart in the second half. Stephen Disley, one of Britain’s leading organists, is on the church’s magnificent organ made by acclaimed Danish makers Frobenius. Conducting the Thames Philharmonic Choir and Thames Festival Orchestra is John Bate, former Director of Music Performance at Kingston University. Soloists are advanced students from the Royal College of Music.
BACH Mass in G minor
HANDEL Concerto Gross, Opus 6, no. 1 in G
HAYDN Te Deum, no. 2
MOZART Coronation Mass
All Saints’ Parish Church, Market Place, Kingston KT1 1JP
(entrance via Market Place)
Saturday 10 June 2017, 7.30pm
Open rehearsal, 2.30pm
Tickets (including programme): £20, £16.00, £5 (restricted view); Under 18s and full-time students: £18, £14.50.
10% reduction on 8 or more full-price tickets
Disabled friendly – accompanying carers admitted free (please notify box office for wheelchair access)
Box Office: 07522 524081; Online reservations at the website.