First Bach Vespers of Reformation 500 Year

city bach collectiveWe are very happy to have been invited back to perform the music for the St. Anne’s Lutheran Church Bach Vespers services in 2017. This is the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation (about which one can read much more on this dedicated page) and we are looking forward to contributing to the unique and special occasion that will be each and every event in association with St. Anne’s throughout the year.

The first of our Bach Vespers is on Sunday 29 January, as ever, at 6.30pm. We will perform cantata BWV 72, Alles nur nach Gottes Willen, whose central alto recitative reflects the iterated Beatitudes of the sermon on the mount, from which many Epiphany Gospel readings are drawn.

We hope that you can join us for this  performance, which includes other contemporaneous German baroque music. And don’t forget that we are also performing cantata BWV 140, Wachet auf, on 8 Jan at the Dutch Church in the City.

Cantata Service at the Dutch Church, 8 January 2017

city bach collectiveWe’re really looking forward to starting 2017 in style with a performance of Bach’s much loved Christmastime cantata ‘Wachet auf’ BWV 140 at the Dutch Church in the heart of the City. The event features organ music by Bach on the wonderful Dutch Church organ performed by the organist David Titterington, and the former MP Jonathan Aitken gives a talk just prior to our cantata performance.

The event, at 3pm on Sunday 8 January 2017 is free to attend (there’s a collection to which you can contribute) and lasts around an hour. More via the Dutch Church website at

German Baroque from Musica Poetica & Oxford Baroque

It’s a fortnight before Christmas. Tonight offered some really choice music and performers: in a quiet corner of just beyond London Bridge, Musica Poetica brought friends and backers together to launch new projects for 2017; meanwhile Oxford Baroque returned to Kings Place hanging Baroque baubles on the twin trees of a Kuhnau cantata and J. S. Bach’s Magnificat BWV 243a. There was just about time to hear performances in a half of each.
musica poetica

Musica Poetica is a chamber quintet with ambitious plans to perform and record all the vocal works of Franz Tunder in 2017. We heard a pair of the composer’s vocal pieces rich with drama and colour which promise good fun from the series of concerts the group have planned. The project formed the material basis for a formal, vanilla-and-lime-liveried launch for the group in the Porterhouse Café – a less incongruent environment than it might seem, as one of the stock programmes Musica Poetica will offer is designed to be performed informally alongside good food and wine.

oxford baroque

Then a short trip up the Northern Line to King’s Place for an increasingly familiar visit from Oxford Baroque. Director David Lee had concocted the richest Christmas cake of a programme, climaxing with the J. S. Bach Magnificat BWV 243a, the initial version, complete with interpolated text settings from the German folk tradition, opening up the familiar verses of the Marian canticle. Some fine singing and classy continuo (David Gerrard & Kathleen Ross) essayed this much-loved work, with Jeremy Summerly conducting a measured performance which teased out every beam of the piece’s architecture.