Missa Solemnis, Mar 2017Guildford Choral and internationally acclaimed Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra combine forces to perform Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis – a work which stands as one of the towering masterpieces of the late Classical period. As with his symphonic writing, Beethoven’s choral music moves from early pieces of modest proportions in the style of Haydn and Mozart to hugely ambitious works on a monumental scale of truly fresh creative genius.

Scored for large chorus, four soloists and orchestra, the Missa Solemnis towers above all other settings of liturgical texts in the early nineteenth century, and Beethoven himself considered it to be his ‘true masterpiece’. Full of formidable choral and orchestral challenges and coloured by dramatic effect, this performance will be a concert for Guildford’s music-lovers to savour.