Mozart Concert

Saturday 17 March 2018, 7.30pm

Winchester Cathedral

  • Mozart: Exsultate, jubilate!

  • Mozart: Symphony No.41 in C 'Jupiter'

  • Mozart: Mass in C minor

Anna Dennis, soprano

Katie Coventry, mezzo-soprano

Sam Furness, tenor

Bozidar Smiljanic, bass

London Mozart Players

Andrew Lumsden, Conductor

About this Event

The Waynflete Singers present an all-Mozart concert, ending with his Mass in C minor, composed during the early 1780's in Vienna. Sometimes known as the 'Great' Mass, this work was left incomplete by Mozart. The soprano part was first performed by Mozart's wife, Constanze, and the solo writing in all parts is quite operatic in style.

The Waynflete Singers are delighted to be working with the London Mozart Players again following our collaboration in a hugely successful Dream of Gerontius in 2012. Anna Dennis, our soprano soloist, hails from Winchester and is well known to local audiences. She is joined by a trio of soloists whom we hope will be stars of the future - finalists in the 2017 Grange Festival International Singing Competition. Early booking is advised if you want to make sure of catching catch these young professionals at the start of their careers.

Our concert also includes Exsultate, jubilate, a real show-piece for the soprano, and Symphony no. 41 in C 'Jupiter'. Mozart's last symphony is a magisterial piece, with a Finale that sparkles with joy and brilliance.

Reviews

The following review appeared in the Hampshire Chronicle on 22 March 2018, submitted by Derek Beck

WAYNFLETE SINGERS - Festival of Mozart Winchester Cathedral

A very large audience exchanged the icy blast of winter sleet for the warmth of Mozart's music presented in Winchester Cathedral with its organist Andrew Lumsden directing the Waynflete Singers and the London Mozart Players. This professional band might be excused for treating the composer as routine, yet here there was nothing but vitality and freshness in both the sacred works and in Symphony 41, the 'Jupiter'. All the players demonstrated expressive energy even in the finale's challenging tempo and there were delicious woodwind accompaniments in much of the C minor Mass K.427. Inevitably higher pitched instruments carry more clearly in the big acoustic - apart from the muted upper strings being somewhat remote in the slow movement of the symphony.

The Waynflete Singers were equally energised with particularly dramatic attacks on loud consonant entries. Though Mozart's rapid decorations (as in the final Hosannas) disappeared in the building's vastness there was still rhythmic security throughout and a richness of tone, especially among the sopranos. Perhaps they were inspired by the evening's leading soloist, Anna Dennis.

Brought up in Winchester, Anna possesses a glorious voice and the ability to use it in a wide range of styles. Mozart's two and a quarter octave demands in the C minor Mass were met with ease and Et incarnatus est was truly sublime. She opened the programme with a commanding performance of the solo motet Exsultate Jubilate written by the 17 year old composer.

In the Mass Anna was joined by three prize winners from the 2017 Grange Festival International Singing Competition. Mezzo Katie Coventry has real potential and was an assured duet partner for Anna Dennis in this work. The brief contributions of tenor Sam Furness and bass Bozidar Smiljanic also revealed young voices heading for distinguished futures.