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The Esterhazy Singers performed Haydn's Te Deum and Handel's Chandos Anthems 9 and 11.

Commissioned by Empress Marie Therese, Haydn wrote his Te Deum in C to celebrate the arrival of Lord Nelson to Eisenstadt, the family home, in 1800. Years earlier, Handel was commissioned by the Duke of Chandos to compose twelve anthems. Chandos Anthems 9 and 11 were written in the period 1716-1718, to be performed by the ‘musical establishment’ at Cannons, the Duke’s seat. Haydn was much influenced by Handel, hearing many of his works, including the Messiah, during his travels to London. This fascinating programme celebrates these two composers - with joyful notes and melody throughout!

Andrea Brown conducted the Esterhazy Singers with accompaniment by organist Oliver Lallemant

2017 12 RSBC Christmas Concert 047Once again the choir, under the baton of Jan Rautio, our accompanist and Deputy Music Director, provided a 20 minute selection of traditional music, including Lullay My Liking , I Love My Love and There Was a Tree, by Holst as well as The Shepherd’s Cradle Song and Willcock’s version of Deck the Hall, within the RSBC’s Christmas concert. We also helped lead the audience carols. The Esterhazies were privileged to perform in front of a host of celebrities, including Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, Alan Bennett and Jon Culshaw, who had brought them, as well as several more, with him. The whole concert was a very varied show, with performances from professionals, Kyra Vidal, singer and Giles Abbott, storyteller as well as from some talented RSBC musicians. It was a moving and enjoyable evening, and the choir rose to the occasion.

The Esterhazy Singers of London

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