Come and Sing Hadyn Nelson Mass advert

30th January 2016: Come and Sing Haydn’s Nelson Mass

Saturday 30 January 2016

All Saints Church, Hoole, Chester CH2 3HZ

Calling all singers! Join Chester’s finest chamber choir to rehearse and perform Haydn’s Nelson Mass, described by Haydn’s chief biographer, H. C. Robbins Landon, as “arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”.


1.00 pm – 2.00 pm Tea and coffee available.
Singers to register, collect ordered hire music & be seated.
2.00 pm – 4.15 pm Rehearsal with Martin Bussey
and Graham Eccles
4.15 pm – 5.00 pm Break.
Tea/coffee and cake in the church hall
5.00 pm – 6.30 pm Performance.
Friends and family are welcome at no charge.


We don’t know for sure how Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis, which can be translated “Mass in times of trouble and fear”, came to be known as Nelson Mass but, in 1798, when Haydn wrote it, Europe was embroiled in the Napoleonic wars and times were certainly troubled. The news that Napoleon had been defeated in the Battle of the Nile by British Forces led by Admiral Horatio Nelson came just at the time of the first performance of this work and, in the mood of the time, it became known popularly as the Nelson Mass. In 1800 Nelson and Lady Hamilton visited the Esterházy palace and may even have heard the work performed. Haydn’s biographer H. C. Robbins Landon writes that this mass is “arguably Haydn’s greatest single composition”.


This year we are holding our workshop at All Saints Church, Hoole (CH2 3HZ). This is the church with the spire on Hoole Road, Chester. It has excellent facilities and is less than 10 minutes walk from Chester railway station. There is very limited parking at the church which we would like to save that for people with reduced mobility – please pre-book a place, if needed. There is also parking in the streets around the church as well as a number of small car parks.

We are very grateful to Hoole United Reformed Church (CH2 3NT) for giving us permission to use its large car park for this event. The United Reformed Church is on your right as you drive towards Chester from the M53/A55. It is then only a 5-minute walk to All Saints. If you do use this car park, we would ask that you make a donation of £2 towards the United Reformed Church’s programme of modernisation.


Workshop fee £15.00 (full-time students £10). This includes coffee/tea on arrival and tea/coffee and a selection of homemade cake in the interval before the performance.

Hire copies of the score can be ordered in advance for £2.00, collected at registration, and must be returned after the performance.

Regrettably, no refunds after 16 January 2016.

If you require further information, please contact Cath Glazzard by email to cath.glazzard[at] or ring Cath Glazzard 01244 383746 or Margaret Newman 01829 770104.


  1. Download a booking form and send with a cheque by post – Haydn Nelson Mass Booking Form (Event over, booking form no longer available)