Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North


7:30PM Saturday, 10 November, 2018 NZST
Renaissance Singers - A New Creation

Renaissance Singers - A New Creation

An historic world premiere of English composer Samuel Arnold's previously unpublished 1802 Hymn of Adam and Eve will be presented by Guy Donaldson conducting an enlarged Renaissance Singers Choir of Palmerston North and the Schola Sacra of Whanganui (music director - Roy Tankersley). They will be accompanied by the Manawatu Sinfonia with soloists Wellington coloratura soprano and award winner, Pasquale Orchard, and Palmerston North's accomplished young baritone, Lindsay Yeo. Arnold completed The Hymn of Adam and Eve just months before he died and planned performances were cancelled. It was recently uncovered, edited and published by Palmerston North musicologist, Professor Robert Hoskins.

The Hymn of Adam and Eve seems to have been conceived as a blending of inspirations from Handel's Messiah and Haydn's The Creation as well as meeting the challenge of setting part of Milton's Paradise Lost. It was written with one of Germany's and Europe's top sopranos in mind. Arnold was one of the most popular composers and conductors of his day composing over 60 productions for the Haymarket Theatre in the late 18th century.

The Palmerston North concert will begin with Part Three of Haydn's very popular Creation; Part Three is concerned with Adam and Eve. Arnold had conducted England's first performance of the Creation. After the interval will be Arnold's The Hymn of Adam and Eve. There is a common theme of Adam and Eve in both works, and both have similar styles (Arnold paying homage to Haydn).

This will be a unique occasion, a world premiere of a major work by London's Arnold to be performed over 200 years later on the other side of the world.


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