Handel and Pergolesi
  • St Nicholas Church
    London Road
    Arundel
    West Sussex
    BN18 9AT
  • Saturday 25th August 7:30pm until 10:00pm
The Hanover Band takes part in Arundel Festival 2018

The Hanover Band will be performing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and some of Handel’s lesser known Operatic Arias in the superb setting of St Nicholas Church, Arundel.  

The Stabat Mater is a 13th century sequence used regularly for personal and communal devotions from the time of its creation. The text had been used by composers such as Palestrina, Lassus and Haydn, but the outstanding setting of the verses was considered at that time to be the one that Pergolesi made in 1736. It is an unashamedly theatrical work.  

Handel composed 42 operas between 1705 and 1741, including 'Giulio Cesare' from 1724. He began composing operas in Germany before moving to England, where he found great success in this genre. His first opera in England, Rinaldo (1711), was met with enthusiasm, and several more Italian operas soon followed. Although almost all his English language works are technically oratorios rather than operas, several of them, such as Semele (1743), have become an important part of the opera repertoire.   

Artists: Katherine Watson - soprano, William Towers - countertenor, The Hanover Band and Benjamin Bayl - director/hpd  

Doors open at 6:45pm

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