Joseph Haydn was led to write The Seasons by the great success of his previous oratorio The Creation and it was first performed in 1801. The libretto was written by Baron Gottfried van Swieten based on extracts from the long English poem "The Seasons" by James Thomson, which had been published in 1730. The oratorio is divided into four parts, corresponding to Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter, with the usual recitatives, arias, choruses, and ensemble numbers. It is presented by Newbury Choral Society under the baton of musical director Cathal Garvey. Professional soloists and the Covent Garden Chamber Orchestra will contribute to making this a memorable occasion.