Mozart – Coronation Mass & Clarinet Concerto & Britten – Rejoice in the Lamb

Saturday, 15 March 2014 - 7:30pm

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O2 Guildhall Southampton


Southampton Philharmonic Choir
Southampton University Philharmonic Choir
New London Sinfonia


Julian Bliss (clarinet)

Erica Eloff (soprano)
Clare McCaldin (mezzo-soprano)
Peter Kirk (tenor)
Nicholas Warden (bass)

David Gibson (conductor)

Praise for our November 2013 concert:
"Your Elijah was magnificent in all areas. Not only did the choir give one of its best performances ever, but the orchestra rose to the occasion and the quartet of soloists were superb."  D. Rands

To celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten, the Southampton Philharmonic honours the outstanding English composer of the 20th century with a performance of Rejoice in the Lamb. This festival Cantata is a setting of words by the eighteenth century poet Christopher Smart; deeply religious but of a strange and unbalanced mind. The poem was written whilst Smart was in an asylum and, although chaotic and eccentric, it contains flashes of genius. Britten’s score matches the text perfectly with wit and originality.

Mozart, a great influence on Benjamin Britten, wrote the quintessential Clarinet Concerto for the newly developed instrument at the end of his short life. It has remained not only the outstanding concerto for that instrument, but probably the most popular concerto of all time. The sublime slow movement, in particular, is one of the most appealing movements in the repertoire; yearning, passionate and intense. Enjoy this rare opportunity of hearing it performed by internationally-renowned soloist, Julian Bliss, on a basset clarinet – the instrument for which it was composed. 

The Coronation Mass is one of the composer’s most joyous and optimistic works, full of good humour, sprightly rhythms and glorious tunes. The concluding Soprano solo in the Agnus Dei is justly renowned as a truly sublime moment of eighteenth century music.

Listen to the Clarinet Concerto, played by our soloist, Julian Bliss (BBC Proms recording).

Tickets £9, £15, £17 & £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 - £6, £7.50, £8.50 & £10
  • Carer accompanying wheelchair user - free.
  • Group Concession - buy 10, get 11th ticket free.

Box Office Civic Centre NorthGuild, Southampton, 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 web site. 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. Tickets may also be bought on the door on the night of the concert, subject to availability.
  • 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.