Come and sing… Haydn’s Creation

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The Great Hall, St Bartholomew’s Hospital
West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE

SUNDAY 24th FEBRUARY 2019 at 2 pm

Bring a score
and enjoy an afternoon in the company of
Barts Academic Festival Choir and Orchestra
conducted by John Lumley
– listeners are welcome too!

• Entry is free entry but donations
to Barts Cancer Unit are welcome •
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– Train/tube: City Thameslink, Barbican, Farringdon or St Paul’s
– Bus: 46, 56 (St Bartholomew’s Hospital) or 8, 25, 521 (City Thameslink)

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
The Creation (“Die Schöpfung”)


The Creation was rapturously received by the audience when it premiered at Schwarzenberg Palace in Vienna in 1798.

During two visits to the UK in the 1790s, Haydn was inspired by Handel’s music.  Thus, with renewed impetus and armed with John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, the tutor of Beethoven and friend of Mozart composed his masterpiece, collaborating with his patron, Baron Gottfried van Swieten, to translate the English text into German.

Set out in three parts, it commences with the Representation of Chaos being transformed into order and light; Part II continues celebrating each aspect of the creation, whilst Part III is dedicated to the relationship between Adam and Eve.


The Great Hall at Barts is an impressive historical environment for our concerts.  Ascend the stairs and marvel at the Hogarth paintings before being seated amidst benevolence past and present.

If you enjoy singing and like an informal approach, join our choir – we welcome new members.  For information, call: 020 7588 3635.

Easter Concert – Monday 25th March at 7.30 pm in The Great Hall at Barts Hospital – tickets available at the door!