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Gala Concert

The Choice of Hercules (HWV 69)
Te Deum For the Victory of Dettingen (HWV 283)

George Frideric Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum is one of his great choral works. It is performed by the boys and gentlemen of the internationally renowned Christ Church Cathedral Choir at the Gala Concert. This concert is a reunion for the Artistic Director of the Festival: while at university, Laurence Cummings was Organ Scholar of the Oxford Cathedral choir, whose outgoing Musical Director, Stephen Darlington, was an important mentor and pioneer to him.

In the first half, the audience can look forward to another reunion: the internationally sought-after Diana Moore returns to Göttingen as a mythical hero in The Choice of Hercules. Her dark, warm mezzo already thrilled the Festival audience as Rinaldo, Medoro in Orlando and Sesto in Giulio Cesare.

Introductory talk (German): Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Sandberger, 6 pm, Großer Saal
Introductory talk (English): Prof. Donald Burrows, 6 pm, Tagungsraum 1

The concert will be recorded by NDR Kultur and broadcast on June 24, 2018, 11 am.

Performance material: Hallische Händel-Ausgabe, Bärenreiter-Verlag Kassel · Basel · London · New York · Praha

Access to the theatre and seating in the main hall is barrier-free. For further information on Festival venue accessibility, please see the overview.


and numerous private donors




Gala Concert

The Choice of Hercules (HWV 69)
Te Deum For the Victory of Dettingen (HWV 283)

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685–1759)
The Choice of Hercules (HWV 69)


Georg Friedrich Händel
Te Deum For the Victory of Dettingen (HWV 283)


19 May
7 pm
Stadthalle Göttingen
Duration approx. 2,5 hrs
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The Choice of Hercules
Diana Moore Mezzo-soprano – Hercules
Fflur Wyn Soprano – Pleasure
Rachel Kelly Soprano – Virtue
Nathan Haller Tenor – Attendant of Pleasure

Te Deum For the Victory of Dettingen
Cody Quattlebaum Bass-baritone

Christ Church Cathedral Choir

Stephen Darlington Chorus master

FestspielOrchester Göttingen

Laurence Cummings Harpsichord and conductor