Winter Concert: Saturday 7th February 2015.

Gioachino Rossini

Petite Messe Solennelle

Julian Littlewood, piano

Nicolas Haigh, harmonium

Louise Wayman, soprano

Alex Pullinger, counter-tenor

Guy Cutting, tenor

Brian McAlea, bass

Duncan Saunderson, conductor

and Summertown Choral Society

O Salutaris Hostia

Summertown Choral Society

Giacomo Meyerbeer

Pater Noster

Summertown Choral Society


Rossine mass poster

Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle, written around 1863, is neither short nor solemn. It is so called because of its economy of scale, with the orchestra banished, and its formality of a sung Mass. However, Rossini was the greatest writer of comic opera and his humour and gift for melody is present on every page. The German composer Giacomo Meyerbeer has been described as perhaps the most successful stage composer of the 19th century. A friend of Rossini's, he attended the first two performances of the Messe and was greatly affected. His beautiful but under performed Pater Noster was written in 1857, the same year Rossini's extremely charming motet O Salutaris Hostia was written.

Summertown Choral Society was joined by piano, harmonium and four soloists including the tenor Guy Cutting, the first recipient of the highly prestigious Jeffrey Thomas American Bach Soloists Award.



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