Beethoven – Missa Solemnis

Saturday, 28 November 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

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Tickets now on sale 

Southampton Philharmonic Choir
Southampton University Philharmonic Choir
The New London Sinfonia (Martin Smith Leader)
Robyn Allegra Parton Soprano
Diana Moore Mezzo-soprano
Alexander James Edwards Tenor
Nicholas Warden Bass

David Gibson Conductor

O2 Guildhall Southampton
Saturday 28 November 2015
Performance begins at 7.30pm

Displaying all the emotional power and intensity one associates with mature Beethoven, the Missa Solemnis has rightly established itself as one of the true masterpieces of western culture, on a par with J.S. Bach's B minor Mass and St Matthew Passion. Beethoven's large-scale work is truly symphonic in every sense, closer to the Choral Symphony in scale and ambition than to earlier settings of the Liturgy. Scored for four soloists, large chorus and with orchestration, rich in colour and rhythmic vitality; each movement is a tour de force, dramatic, lyrical, inventive and superbly crafted. Highlights include a gigantic fugue at the end of the Credo that was thought to be impossible to sing or play, and at the other extreme the hauntingly beautiful violin solo that accompanies the solo voices in the Benedictus. This is a work that every music lover should hear at least once, and many will want to return to again and again for an uplifting spiritual experience and to marvel at the achievement of mankind – and of one true compositional genius in particular.

For this concert, which marks the 50th anniversary of the association of the Southampton University Philharmonic Choir (formerly known as the University Choral Society) with the SPC, the combined chorus of  over 180 voices is joined by the stylish New London Sinfonia and four fabulous soloists.

Tickets £10, £15 & £20 with concessions: 

  • Over 65s - £1 discount.
  • Kids for a Quid scheme for children aged 12 and under
  • Students, children under 18, job seekers and disabled - £5, £7.50 & £10
  • Carer accompanying wheelchair user - free
  • Group Concession - buy 5, get 6th ticket free

Box Office
Civic Centre
SO14 7LP

Telephone:  023 8063 2601      Group concessions:   023 8083 3612      

Booking fees apply to phone orders made via the Guildhall box office and to orders made via the Guildhall website. However there are no additional fees payable if you:

  • Buy your tickets from a choir member.
  • Buy your tickets directly from the Guildhall Box Office, in person. You can pay by cash, credit or debit card but cheques are not accepted. Phone the Guildhall Box Office and ask to reserve your seats. You will be given a booking reference and then you have 5 working days to send payment (cheques only). If you send a SAE (size A6 at least) you will save yourself the standard £1.50 postal charge.

Tickets may also be bought on the door on the night of the concert, subject to availability.