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The Judgement of Hermes
Saturday 25th April 2015 7.30pm @ Christ Church, Skipton
Clothworkers Consort of Leeds
Ben Crick conductor
In association with the University of Leeds, Ben Crick and the Camerata perform Haydn’s ‘Oxford’ Symphony, and then join forces with the vibrant voices of the Clothworkers Consort of Leeds to give the first performance since 1783 of The Judgement of Hermes by Haydn’s lesser known contemporary Philip Hayes.
The Judgment of Hermes is an oratorio in the gallant style, full of engaging lyrical melody and featuring a varied instrumental palette, in which Hermes (tenor) and the muses (all sopranos), Melopmene (the muse of song), Calliope (the muse of epic poetry) and Terpscihore undertake an Enlightenment exploration of the pains and pleasures of life. Hayes (1738-1797), a member of the Chapel Royal and Professor of Music at Oxford was one of the most important English composers of his day. In 1791 he welcomed Joseph Haydn, to whose music his own has an affinity, to Oxford to receive an honorary doctorate. This is the first performance of Hayes’s delightful score since its composition in 1783.
6.15pm Pre-concert talk by Dr Bryan White, University of Leeds
Free entry to ticket holders for tonight's concert.
Dr Bryan White, the man behind the rediscovery of Hayes's The Judgement of Hermes talks about the composer and his music.