Great work set for Seaton

PUBLISHED: 17:30 22 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 15 June 2010

One of the greatest works in the choral repertoire has been chosen by Seaton Choral Society for its next concert in the town's Methodist Church.

One of the greatest works in the choral repertoire has been chosen by Seaton Choral Society for its next concert in the town's Methodist Church.

Haydn was inspired to write The Creation after hearing Handel's oratorios performed during his visits to London. Based on Genesis, Psalms, and Milton's Paradise Lost, the first two parts, through narrations by the archangels Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael, give an account of the creation itself. The picturesque nature of the music, starting with chaos and storms before proceeding to descriptions of animals from the tiger, stag and horse to swarms of insects and the slow-creeping worm, as they appear on earth, is a charming feature of the music. The final part introduces Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.

With rousing choruses and attractive arias, it is no wonder that this work ranks with Handel's Messiah as the most popular with both choral societies and audiences.

Leslie Baker conducts the Seaton performance which takes place on Saturday, May 3, at 7.30pm. Soloists, all well known to East Devon audiences, will be soprano Mary Morgan, tenor Gordon Pike, and baritone John Hobbs. The recently formed Axe Vale Orchestra accompanies.

Tickets, at £8, (under 18s free), are available from Seaton Wines; Archway Bookshop, Axminster; and Brainwave, Colyton.

John Dalton

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