About Us

The last thing that Hampshire needs is another choir and orchestra.

So what’s different about The Haydn Collective?

There is a general neglect of some of the choral and orchestral music of Haydn, Mozart and Classical composers. When this music is performed, it is often out-of-context and by sprawling choral societies that may lack the nuanced performance demanded by the music. There is a wealth of fantastic orchestral and choral music that deserves excellent performances and wider audiences.

The ensemble will specialise in Classical repertoire, but also broaden to Baroque and Romantic music.

The purpose is to put on definitive, musical and accurate performances which are of a professional standard, and that will do justice to the music. This is about minimal tolerances and homogenous, finely-balanced music-making and appropriate, dynamic interpretations. It is not another choral society, nor just another chamber choir or orchestra.

 

Moreover, The Haydn Collective will operate as a ‘cooperative’, whereby members receive profit shares from concerts and have an active say in the selection of venues, a share responsibility for the standard, outreach and success of the group. More details will be made available on invitation.

 

Who?

We are looking for some of the very best semi-pro and top amateur players and singers in the area to form the Haydn Collective. You may not always be paid to sing or to play and feel musically frustrated in the larger orchestras or choral societies in which you perform. You may have previously been a Lay Clerk or played in a pro-orchestra but have retired or taken a break from top-end music-making. You may be a student who is looking for more experience. This new ensemble could be for you.

You must have a fine voice and be an excellent sight-singer or meticulous preparer for rehearsals. Orchestral players must be post grade-8 with experience playing classical repertoire in other ensembles, to a high standard.

You may express interest via our website, but most singers and players will be through invitation only.

We will be looking at establishing a choir of between 30 – 40 and an ensemble of 20 – 30 players.

 

Why Haydn?

Simply: ignorance. Where does Haydn's music come from? How did such an original voice emerge from the Baroque? How did his music shape the classical era and influence the composers that followed him? Haydn is an extraordinary, often over-looked, under-valued voice in the history of music and The Haydn Collective's vision is to explore this incredible music in its historical context. For the conductor, George Richford, this is a complete immersion into a music-world that is new and exciting and an experienced to be shared by the ensemble and audiences alike. 

When?

The group intends to meet three times per year (Winter, Spring and Summer) with 2-3 rehearsals prior to performance. Dates and repertoire will be announced in due course.

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