Originally conceived as OBC’s contribution towards the celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, this titanic setting of the Mass will be performed by the Choir three years later than planned, because of the Covid pandemic.
Beethoven wrestled with the Missa Solemnis for several years, and produced a work which is by turns solemn, heaven-storming, and turbulent, but also deeply contemplative. Beethoven wrote on his score “From the heart – may it go to the heart!”, and successive generations can testify that his wish has succeeded. The Oxford Bach Choir – which will be performing the Mass for the first time in over two decades – will be joined by the London Mozart Players and soloists Claire Rutter (soprano), Susanna Spicer (mezzo), Justin Lavender (tenor) and Mark Stone (bass).
Any performance of this work still demands enormous physical and emotional input, and we are delighted that we will be joined by the orchestra that was originally to have performed with the Oxford Bach Choir.
Full price: £15-£45
Discounts for full-time students, and U-18s
Doors open at 16:30 ready for a 17:00 start
Duration: 120 minutes, no interval
Not suitable for under 6 years