Pinner Music Festival 2018

Pinner Parish Church

5, 6, 7, 8, 9 June at 7:45pm

4th June at 1:15pm

7th June at 1:00pm

Pinner Festival Choir & Orchestra

Saturday 9th June 2018, 7:45pm-10:00pm

Pinner Parish Church

Handel's Belshazzar

David Gould



Conducted by DAVID GOULD



This year the Pinner Festival Choir and Orchestra will be performing Handel's wonderful oratorio, Belshazzar. Belshazzar was first performed in London in 1745 and tells the story of the fall of Babylon at the hands of the Persians. King Belshazzar was very fond of a good party and during one of his excessive feasts, a mysterious hand writes on the wall the words 'mene, mene, tekel, upharsin'. This is interpreted by the Jewish prophet Daniel as a judgement from God, foretelling the fall of Babylon. The prediction comes true as Babylon is invaded, Belshazzar slain and the victorious Persians pledge to rebuild Jerusalem and allow the Jews to return there. The dramatic story gives Handel a great opportunity for some excellent music, featuring five soloists, orchestra and choir.


British mezzo-soprano Diana Moore has established herself as a firm favourite with audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, acclaimed for her unique voice which 'combines the range of a mezzo with the tone quality of a contralto' (Gramophone), described by San Fransisco Classical Voice as 'warm, plush, full and eminently smooth'. Diana's approach – 'a mixture of intelligence with musicianship [and] emotional depth' (The Guardian) – has led to repeat engagements with many of the world's leading music ensembles, and frequent collaborations with eminent conductors. A recognised Handelian, Diana has performed roles for many noted opera companies and festivals including the eponymous hero of Rinaldo, Sesto in Giulio Cesare, and Medoro in Orlando. She has also appeared at many European Baroque Festivals with performances of Handel’s oratorio and choral works, and has performed his Messiah extensively across North America at numerous prestigious venues. Diana returns to Göttingen International Handel Festival this year to sing the title role in The Choice of Hercules.

Daniel Collins began singing at the age of seven as a chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. After obtaining a first-class degree in music from Magdalen College, Oxford, he continued his studies at the Royal College of Music under Ashley Stafford. Since then, he has performed extensively around the UK, Europe and the Americas as a consort singer and soloist, and since 2014 has been a regular member of The Sixteen. With The Sixteen, Daniel has recently performed as a soloist in a series of Purcell’s Welcome Songs and Odes at the Wigmore Hall, Sir James MacMillan’s Stabat Mater at the Barbican and on tour, Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri and Bach's Magnificat in D, alongside a busy schedule of the Choral Pilgrimage, tours and recordings. Most recently he was the alto soloist for The Sixteen's performances of Vivaldi's Gloria. Future solo engagements include performances of Bach's St Matthew Passion, Handel's Belshazzar and further performances of Macmillan's Stabat Mater. He will also be performing Vaughan Williams's Songs of Travel in a recital to mark the 60th anniversary of the composer's death, in Vaughan Williams's parish church, St Martin's, Dorking

Julian Stocker graduated from York University with a BA honours degree in Music. His career involves a mixture of concert and recording work both as a soloist and choral singer, as well as performing in operas and musicals. Stage roles have included Fulbert in Kendal Kirkland’s Eloise and Abelard(Southwark Festival), and the Samurai Warrior in Electric Voice Theatre’s production of Alejandro Vinao’s Rashomon. He is a full time member of the Choir of Westminster Abbey, and Electric Voice Theatre, and appears regularly with the The Cardinall’s Musick, BBC Singers, The Sixteen, The Geoffrey Mitchell Choir and Opus Anglicanum.

Jon Stainsby completed a doctorate in English Literature at the University of Oxford before studying as a postgraduate at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Opera School. He undertook further vocal training as a Britten Pears Young Artist at Aldeburgh, including a series of masterclasses with Mark Padmore which culminated in two performances of Bach’s St John Passion at Snape Maltings. He has performed as a soloist with a number of today’s leading baroque ensembles, including Dunedin Consort, the Academy of Ancient Music, and Vox Luminis. Other recent highlights include the title role in performances of Le nozze di Figaro at the Kopanous Festival, Corfu, for Garsington Opera; Demetrius/Bottom in a new performing version of Purcell’s Fairy Queen for Iford Arts; the baritone role in Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus for De Nationale Opera, Amsterdam; and an appearance with Southbank Sinfonia in the final of the Peter Hulsen Orchestra Song competition, for which he was awarded the David Gosman Award. He lives in South London with his wife and their young daughter.

David Gould was a choral scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge and a member of Westminster Cathedral choir from 1993 until 1998. He is an experienced consort and choral singer appearing regularly with many leading choirs and ensembles, including the Cardinall's Musick, the Tallis Scholars, the King´s Consort and the Sixteen. Over the last fifteen years, David has conducted various choirs in the London area including Stanmore Choral Society, the Sine Nomine Singers, Ashtead Choral Society and most recently the Amici Chamber Choir. David is an enthusiastic cyclist and tennis player and lives in Pinner with his wife, Hilary, and their two daughters, Celia and Anna.

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