Haydn’s The Creation, performed by Doncaster Choral Society at Priory Methodist Church on 13 November, is one of the pillars of the choral repertoire and a performance is always welcome, not least for the composer’s magnificent orchestral score.
And indeed this performance produced a cornucopia of delights. The alert choral singing, urged on by Simon Lindley, surely the finest musician in the North, was full of commitment and excitement, an eager response to the composer’s characteristically joyous life-renewing invention.
As I suggested at the beginning, the orchestra plays a substantial role, sometimes charmingly naïve (as in the pictorialism of the first half), sometimes attractively pointing the vocal argument, and occasionally, as so often with Haydn, innovative, like the overture, “Representation of Chaos”. This performance was fortunate in its instrumental support, by the fine, Northern based National Festival Orchestra (leader, Sally Robinson) whose playing had classical style; the many solo opportunities were eagerly accepted. Alan Horsey was the organist.
But above all this was a triumph for Simon Lindley, whose enthusiasm and attention to detail did Haydn proud.