Music in Durham

Haydn and Mozart

Mozart Requiem
Haydn ‘A Mass for Troubled Times'(Nelson Mass)

Durham Choral Society and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus conducted by David Hill and Michael Summers
C. Elizabeth Woods, soprano
Camilla Seale, mezzo-soprano
Ben Thapa, tenor
Timothy Nelson, bass

Orchestra leader, Julia Bolton

Mozart started his Requiem Mass in 1791 but it was unfinished at the time of his death in December that year. It was completed by Franz Xaver Sussmayr and first performed in February 1792. Mozart’s wife, Constanze, claimed that he came to believe that he was writing the requiem for his own funeral as well as for Count von Welsegg who commissioned the work.

A Mass for Troubled times (Missa in Angustiis) is one of 14 masses written by Josef Haydn and is one of six masses written for the Esterhazy Family at the time Napoleon was causing turmoil in Europe. It became known as the Nelson Mass because on the day it was first performed, Admiral Nelson dealt Napoleon a stunning defeat in The Battle of The Nile.

Tickets: Front nave £24 | Rear nave £22 | Font £20 | South Transept (restricted view) £12
Concessions (those in full time education and on benefits) £12, carers free


20 May


7:30 pm




Get tickets


Durham Cathedral
Durham Cathedral
Palace Green, Durham,


Durham Choral Society
Durham Choral Society