The tradition of orchestral masses at St Paul’s goes back more than two centuries and has no equal in the world. On the Feasts of Easter, Pentecost, All Saints’ Day, Christmas people attending may experience the inspiration that urged the great classical composers such as Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and others to set the words of the Eucharist (Kyrie, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei) to music.
We take you on an excursion of the musical universe of the baroque era with masses composed for example by Johann Sebastian Bach, Marc-Antoine Charpentier or Jan Dismas Zelenka. Or you may prefer to join us on a trip to the 19th century with masses by Charles Gounod or Carl-Maria von Weber. For orchestral masses we call on top professionals: orchestra, chorus and soloists. ‘Music at St Paul’s’ also focuses on work written by our very own Flemish composers from past and present. To name only a few we think of Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Willem Gommaar Kennis, August De Boeck and Wim Henderickx.
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