2019 Programme / The Donegal Voices


Donegal Voices

Performing The Nelson Mass (Missa in Angustiis/Mass for Troubled Times) by Joseph Haydn. Accompanied by String Ensemble.

Conductor and Musical Director, Andrew Batchelor.

Date: Friday, October 4
Venue: St. Patrick’s Church, Ballyshannon
Time: 8.00pm
Cost: Donations/Retiring Collection

Date: Sunday, October 6
Venue: St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar
Time: 8.00pm
Cost: Donations/Retiring Collection

Joseph Haydn wrote The Nelson Mass in Austria in 1798. The work’s original title, Missa in Angustiis/ Mass for Troubled Times, reflected the turmoil in Europe at time, when Napoleon’s armies were threatening Vienna itself. However, as the composition was premiered in September of that year, news was filtering through of Napoleon’s catastrophic defeat at the hands of Admiral Nelson at the Battle of the Nile. That ensured that the new work became associated with Nelson’s victory and was henceforth known as The Nelson Mass.

Donegal Voices was formed in 2015 by Deborah Cunningham, Eileen Carr and Andrew Batchelor, Musical Director. With members drawn from all over Donegal, this exceptional 50 member ensemble has performed works by JS Bach (Magnificat in D) , Vivaldi (Gloria), Beethoven (Mass in C) and George Friderik Handel (Coronation Anthems and The Hallelujah Chorus).

Principal soloists, drawn from the Choir, are Deborah Cunningham, Soprano; Fiona Wasson, Mezzo Soprano; Pat Doherty, Tenor and Paul Martin, Baritone.

Andrew Batchelor, Conductor and Musical Director, is principally a singer. He has performed extensively in the UK and Europe and was for many years a member of the world renowned Chorus of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. He lives in Mountcharles.

Booking Details

Tickets for this event are available at the relevant venues above.

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