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.

Choir Celebrates Conductor’s 50th Anniversary

With this concert, we are celebrating Anthony Ford's 50th year as conductor of the Hull Bach Choir. Tony was appointed conductor of the Hull Bach Choir in March 1969. Under his guidance the choir has performed over 100 major works, including all of Bach’s major choral works, most of Handel’s oratorios, Purcell’s major odes and theatre music, and many of the choral works of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. The choir has also given the first performances in Hull of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and 1650 and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms.

This is a magnificent achievement. The choir members greatly value Tony’s devotion to the choir and his expertise. One said, “Sometimes he is critical - and needs to be – but he is always appreciative of the efforts and quality of the choir, which is largely down to his skill in bringing out the best from people who love the music and benefit from what he hands down through his vast musical knowledge.”

You can read more about Tony and this momentus occasion in an article in The Yorkshire Times at