A concert is to be presented by South Holland Singers in St Mary & St Nicolas Church, Spalding, on Saturday, December 5 (7.30pm).
Conducted by Robin Carter, the concert will contain two works – Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and Haydn’s Imperial Nelson Mass.
The two pieces have a similarity and a connecting theme in that they both commemorate victories over the French at different times of the 18th century.
To celebrate victory of the combined Austrian and British armies over the French on June 27, 1743, at Dettingen, Handel composed a festive ‘Te Deum’. It is not primarily religious or liturgical, but is a ceremonial work where trumpet fanfares influence the whole work and give it an air of festive grandeur.
Haydn’s Imperial Nelson Mass may have attained its name some time after its first performance in 1798, as the trumpet fanfares would have seemed celebratory following news of Nelson’s routing of the Napoleonic fleet at the Battle of the Nile on August 1, 1798.
South Holland Singers will be joined by four young professional soloists for the concert and the performance will be to organ accompaniment by David Shepherd.
Tickets are £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Full time students have free entry.