18 November – 15 December 2023

The Creation

Haydn’s greatest choral work is a vivid musical depiction of the seven days of creation.

‘Let there be light!’ Witness creation itself in music of dazzling, cinematic richness

What does a sky full of stars sound like? What about an angel, or a tiger preparing to pounce? That’s the challenge Haydn answers so spectacularly in The Creation – a choral epic brought to life by the Glyndebourne Chorus and an all-star team of soloists.

Shoals of fish and flocks of birds, stars and seas, valleys and mountains, Adam and Eve, even the ‘great whales’ and the humble worm: Haydn conjures them all in a piece flooded with colour and drama.

Haydn’s greatest choral work has captured generation after generation with its breath-taking retelling of the earth’s own origin-story. Expect invention, energy, even humour, as Haydn creates an entire world from the spectacular sounds of a chorus, orchestra and soloists.


Half-price tickets are available on £35 or above seats for selected concession groups including under-18s, full-time students, anyone receiving Universal Credit, Jobseekers’ Allowance, Income Support or Pension Credit.

Concessions are valid for all performances. Proof of eligibility is required. Please note that only one discount can be claimed per person. All offers are limited and may be withdrawn.

Cast and creative team

James Henshaw

Cleo Lee-McGowan

Hugo Hymas (18 November)
Nick Pritchard (15 December)

William Thomas

The Glyndebourne Sinfonia
Leader Richard Milone

Harpsichord Continuo
Matthew Fletcher

Cello Continuo
Jonathan Tunnell

The Glyndebourne Chorus
Chorus Director Aidan Oliver

Performance timings

18 November

Gardens open: 2.00pm
Concert starts: 4.00pm
Interval (20 mins): 4.50pm
Concert resumes: 5.10pm
Concert ends: 6.00pm

15 December

Gardens open: 5.00pm
Concert starts: 7.00pm
Interval (20 mins): 7.50pm
Concert resumes: 8.10pm
Concert ends: 9.00pm

Illustration © Katie Ponder

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