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Hoskins Memorial Uniting Church, Lithgow


St. Finbar's Catholic Church, Glenbrook




Franz Joseph Haydn 1732 - 1809

The organ of Hoskins Memorial Uniting Church in Lithgow will ring its accompaniment to Academy Singers in our next concert on Sunday 16 September and the following Sunday 23 September, the organ of St. Finbar's Catholic Church in Glenbrook will once again delight our audience.

Organist Amy Johansen and string trio (Rebecca Daniel and Elizabeth Cooney, violin, Trish McMeekin, cello), will perform with the choir for this concert series. Amy is University Organist and Carillonist at the University of Sydney and the string players are members of The Kedumba Quartet. 

Joseph Haydn's Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo ('Little Organ Mass') is the centrepiece of this concert.  A few questions surround this piece.  The origin of its name is questionable and the date of the composition is not certain because the score bears no date - 1778 or earlier in the 1700's seems likely. Also, was it his fourth or fifth short Mass? It is known to be his last. The Benedictus features an organ solo, which was the tradition of the time. Haydn played the organ in the first performance, in the hospital chapel of the Brethren in Eisenstadt, so 'little' may refer to the composition as well as to the organ, because the instrument there was a small organ without pedal.  Haydn also wrote a 'Great Organ Mass'.

In total contrast to the Haydn is the Benedictus from Karl Jenkins' Mass The Armed Man, subtitled 'A Mass for Peace', commissioned by the Royal Armouries Museum for the Millenium celebrations to mark the museum's move from London to Leeds, and it was dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis.  It is essentially an anti-war piece and is based on the Catholic Mass, which Jenkins combines with other sources.  The Armed Man charts the growing menace of a descent into war, interspersed with moments of reflection; shows the horrors of what war brings; and ends with the hope for peace in a new millenium, when 'sorrow pain and death can be overcome'. 

This is an all-Latin program that will also include Arvo Pärt's Salve Regina and the soulful Panis angelicus  by Cèsar Franck.

Join us for afternoon tea after the concerts, served in the Church halls.


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