The Six Great Masses (Haydn)

The Six Great Masses
Director of Music: 
George Guest
Release date: 
January 1972
  • The Choir of King's College, Cambridge (conducted by David Willcocks)
Record label: 
Catalogue number: 
Argo SDD 841-846

As a result of this recording the following letter was sent to the Dean of St John's (the Revd S. W. Sykes) by Robert Armstrong (Secretary to the Prime Minister):


10 Downing Street


12 October 1972


Dear Mr Dean,

The Prime Minister [Sir Edward Heath] has asked me to thank you for your letter of 11 October. The recordings of Haydn Masses which he gave to the Pope were the six recordings published by Argo; and of course, as you know, the Saint John's College Choir are included in five of the six. The Prime Minister is glad to think that it may please the Choir to know that the sounds of their voices may well be echoing round the Vatican.

Yours sincerely,

Robert Armstrong

Track list
  1. Theresienmesse
  2. Harmoniemesse
  3. Heiligmesse
  4. Schöpfungsmesse
  5. Paukenmesse
  6. The Nelson Mass (recorded by The Choir of King's College, Cambridge directed by David Willcocks)

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