Bruno Newman writes:
Review: A Babe is Born, St.George’s Church, Whyke
One can perhaps feel a modicum of sympathy for Nicolaus Esterházy. Like those unfortunate children destined to be born on the 25th of December, he too shared his name day with the feast of St Nicholas. Whilst this may have resulted in fewer gifts for the young princeling, we do know that later in life, as Joseph Haydn’s erstwhile patron, this fortuitous conjunction provided the catalyst for one of the composer’s finest, if little known, masses.