Winchester and County Music Festival 2018 – Romsey Concert

Saturday 19th May 2018, 7.30pm
Romsey Abbey
by kind permission of the Vicar and in association with Music in Romsey

Conductor: Graham Kidd

Soloists: TBA

Compton & Shawford Festival Choir, Sarisbury Choral Society, Winchester City Festival Choir

Orchestra: Festival Orchestra
Leader: Elizabeth Flower

John Rutter – Mass of the Children
Haydn – Mass in Time of War

Mass of the Children is a non-liturgical Missa brevis, with the traditional Latin and Greek Mass text interwoven with several English poems. It consists of five movements: Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Benedictus, Agnus Dei and Finale (Dona nobis pacem).

The Finale uses additional text from the Agnus Dei which was not used in the preceding movement, as well as two prayer adaptations by Rutter and a poem by Bishop Thomas Ken (An Evening Hymn). Another of Ken’s poems was incorporated into the Kyrie (A Morning Hymn), and a poem by William Blake (The Lamb, from Songs of Innocence and of Experience) is interwoven with the Agnus Dei.

Missa in tempore belli (Mass in Time of War) is a setting of the mass by Joseph Haydn. Known also as the Paukenmesse due to the dramatic use of timpani, it is one of the most popular of his fourteen mass settings. The autographed manuscript contains the title “Missa in tempore belli” in Haydn’s handwriting.

Tickets: £22, £16 and £12 (half price for those in full time education) available through WCMF choirs or online at