2016/17 Concert Season
Details of our previous concerts and repertoire since 2009 are available here.
March 12 2017 : 3:00pm
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall - Leeds University School of Music
Leeds University School of Music Project Choir with Leeds Baroque Choir and Orchestra
Directed by Clive McClelland and Peter Holman
Young Mendelssohn and Mozart
Leeds Baroque break new ground with early classical repertoire in works by Mozart and the youthful Mendelssohn
For the first half of the concert, directed by Peter Holman, Leeds Baroque venture into the nineteenth century to explore some of the remarkable choral works the young Felix Mendelssohn wrote at the height of his youthful enthusiasm for Johann Sebastian Bach. Mendelssohn, a member of a prominent Jewish family, had converted with his family to Christianity as a child, and was introduced to Bach’s music by his great aunt Sarah Levy, a former pupil of Bach’s eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann.
The four chorale cantatas display his mastery of the Bach style but with occasional intriguing glimpses of a much more modern musical world. By contrast there is his charming, gentle setting of the Salve Regina, written in 1824, an extraordinary achievement for a teenager.
After the interval, joined by the School of Music Project Choir and directed by Clive McClelland , this is the first time that Leeds Baroque has tackled Mozart's Requiem. As a tribute to their late friend and colleague Duncan Druce, (1939 – 2015), they will be performing his splendid completion of the work. It remains faithful to Mozart's original yet tastefully expands on ideas that he left unfinished. The 'Amen' setting at the end of the 'Lacrymosa' is a particularly striking example of a large-scale eighteenth-century 'academic' fugue realisation. It is based on the theme that Mozart had sketched out but which was ultimately ignored in the completion by his pupil Süssmayer. With classical period instruments including basset horns and trombones, this promises to be a thrilling rendition.
Tickets available in the New Year.