Bach Cantatas for Summer 2018

We’re very pleased to be involved in Bach Cantatas in the City at three St. Anne’s Bach Vespers as Spring becomes Summer.

On 27 May we will perform BWV 165, O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad, a cantata for Trinity Sunday concerning the rite of baptism.

Then on 17 June we will perform BWV 135, Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, a cantata illuminating the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin.

Finally, on 29 July we will perform BWV 168, Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort, another cantata concerning the figure of the Unjust Steward, a subject in Luke’s Gospel that Bach revisited in his sacred cantatas. This Bach Vespers will constitute the final performance of Music-at-Hill’s 23rd St. Anne’s International Bach Festival.

Bach Vespers at 6.30pm on either Sunday is free to attend (with a voluntary collection) and lasts about an hour. Tea & coffee are available.

Easter Oratorio, American Church, 13 May

Scott Stroman conducting the Christmas Oratorio with the City Bach Collective, December 2017

We are delighted to be returning to the American International Church on 13 May to perform J. S. Bach’s Easter Oratorio BWV 249. We have enjoyed a productive musical relationship with Scott Stroman, director of music at the church, and we look forward to performing this cantata with him and his choir.

Cantata BWV 166 at the Dutch Church, 29 April 2018

We’re very pleased to be returning to the Dutch Church at the heart of the City. We are going to perform Cantata BWV 166, Wo gehest du hin? at an afternoon service during which the Revd Bertjan van de Lagemaat will speak. Bertjan has also proved to be an able singer and will lead singing of various parts of the service in German, English and Dutch. We look forward to performing alongside him and the organist of the Dutch Church, David Titterington, on 29 April at 3pm.

Bach Vespers with BWV 12, 22 April

On the 22 April – Jubilate Sunday in the Lutheran Church year – we will be performing cantata BWV 12, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, which J. S. Bach wrote for the occasion in 1714 (indeed, exactly 304 years after the first performance!). The opening chorus may be familiar to many as Bach re-worked this as the Crucifixus in his later B Minor Mass.

Bach Vespers at 6.30pm on Sunday 22 April 2018 is free to attend (with a voluntary collection) and last about an hour. Tea & coffee are available.

Bach Vespers with cantata BWV 23

For our first Bach Vespers of 2018, we will perform J. S. Bach’s cantata Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn BWV 23 for St Anne’s Lutheran Church in London. Bach performed the cantata for his audition for the position of Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig in 1723.

Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn deals with healing the blind near Jericho: the blind man call Jesus in the first movement, and begs Jesus not to pass in the second. In the last movement Bach presents an extended version of “Christe, du Lamm Gottes”, the German Agnus Dei of the Lutheran mass.

Given this expressive use of the familiar mass text, we have invited the Bach Singers Prize winner of 2017 Jessica Dandy to join us for Bach Vespers. At the conclusion of the service, Jessica will sing Bach’s setting of the Agnus Dei from that indelible masterpiece, the B Minor Mass BWV 232. We will also perform Luther’s own setting of Christe, du Lamm Gottes and parts of a quartet by the German baroque composer Johann Gottlieb Janitsch based on the chorale O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden, familiar to many from Bach’s Passion settings.

Bach Vespers at 6.30pm on Sunday 11 February 2018 is free to attend (with a voluntary collection) and last about an hour. Tea & coffee are available.