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Dvořák Mass in D major and Elgar Music Makers

9th November

7:30pm

St. James the Greater, London Road, Leicester

Tickets are £10, under 16s free

Dvořák’s Mass in D major was instigated by Josef Hlavka, later the founder and first president of the Czech Academy of Sciences. In 1886 Hlavka had a new chapel built at his summer residence in Western Bohemia. When the chapel was to be consecrated, he asked his friend Dvořák to write a new mass for the occasion. Dvořák, who thought very highly of Hlavka, was glad to oblige and wrote a mass for solos, choir and organ. He completed the work within three months.


The Music Makers, Op. 69, is a work for mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra composed by Edward Elgar. It was dedicated to "my friend Nicholas Kilburn". It was first performed at the Birmingham Festival on 1 October 1912, conducted by the composer.


The text of the work is the 1874 poem Ode by Arthur O'Shaughnessy, which Elgar set in its entirety. He had been working on the music intermittently since 1903, without a specific commission.

How can I get tickets?

At the door on the evening of the concert

From Visit Leicester, 51 Gallowtree Gate, Leicester, LE1 5AD, tel. 0116 299 4444, www.visitleicester.info

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