Saturday 30 March 2019

7.30 pm
Trinity Methodist Church
Cottingham Road, Hull HU5 2EJ
(at the corner of Newland Avenue)

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The Lone Tree by Caspar David Friedrich, 1822

Two German Masses

Hummel: Mass in D major op 111
Schubert: Mass in E flat major D 950

Hummel succeeded Haydn as Kapellmeister to Prince Esterhazy, although he refused to take the title formally until Haydn’s death. He was also a friend of Beethoven and was one of the foremost pianists of his day. His works are only now being rediscovered, and his settings of the Mass were worthy successors of Haydn’s great series. It is time we added Hummel to the choir’s list of composers, and it is indicative of our conductor’s adventurous spirit that a work by a composer we have never before performed should be given at the Fiftieth Anniversary of his first concert with us.

With it, we perform Schubert’s great E flat Mass, one of his last works, which dates from the last year of his short life and which has not been given in the area for nearly a generation.