City Bach Collective discussed on BBC Radio 3

What a lovely start to the day. Petroc Trelawny talked about us on the ‘Bach before 7’ slot on BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast show, describing our group and its work and referring to the 40th anniversary concert in November last year. They then played the duet ‘Mein freund ist mein’ from cantata BWV 140, featuring our old friend oboist Anthony Robson. The broadcast is here, from about 25 mins in or listen to an excerpt below:

Bach Vespers with St. Anne’s in February

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Our busy start to the year continues with a performance of Bach’s oratorio in miniature, Cantata BWV 22, Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe.

The work shows that Bach had mastered the composition of a dramatic scene… [and] shows elements which became standards for Bach’s Leipzig cantatas and even the Passions, including a “frame of biblical text and chorale around the operatic forms of aria and recitative”, “the fugal setting of biblical words” and “the biblical narrative … as a dramatic scena”. (Wikipedia)

We look forward to performing this at St. Mary-at-Hill, just a couple of days after returning from performing BWV 79 in a special Reformation-year-evensong in Cambridge.

Bach Vespers at King’s College Cambridge

We are delighted to have been invited to join the Choir of King’s College Cambridge and of the London German Church to perform cantata BWV 79 at a special Evensong as part of the Lutheran council of Great Britain’s Roadmap Storymobile tour. The tour is helping to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, of which there is more information via the website This unique event is in the Chapel of King’s College at 5.30pm on Thursday 23 February.

The City Bach Collective will be led by our leader-director Hazel Brooks and the music of the service conducted by the choirmaster of the College Choir, Stephen Cleobury.