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Download a PDF of all all Bach cantatas performed in Bach Vespers since September 1982

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The 22nd St. Anne’s International Bach Festival is held in July 2017 at St. Mary-at-Hill Church. The City Bach Collective perform cantata BWV 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich on 23 July

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Bach Vespers on 25 June 2017 features Cantata BWV 39, the ‘Refugee Cantata’. You can download the order of service here.city bach collective


Bach Vespers on 28 May 2017 featured Cantata BWV 44. Download the order of service here.

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The Collective performed Cantata BWV 11, the Ascension Oratorio, at the American International Church on 21 May under the direction of Scott Stroman.

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The Collective performed Cantata BWV 80 at the Dutch Church in the City on 7 May as part of an occasional series of Sunday afternoon services in partnership with the Dutch Church.


Bach Vespers 30 April 2017 features Cantata BWV 104. Download the order of service here.

 


Bach Vespers 26 February 2017 features Cantata BWV 22. Download the order of service here.

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The City Bach Collective joined the choirs of King’s College Cambridge and the German Church in London for a special Reformation Anniversary year Vespers on 23 February 2017. The music included J. S. Bach cantata BWV 79, Gott der Herr is Sonn und Schild, was conducted by Stephen Cleobury with soloists associated with the German Church in London. You can download selected pages for the Order of Service here.

Image: via King’s College Cambridge Chapel Choir Twitter


Bach Vespers 29 January 2017 features Cantata BWV 72. Download the order of service here.

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Bach Vespers 27 November 2016 features Cantata BWV 62. Download the order of service here.
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11 November 2016 was the 40th anniversary of Peter Lea-Cox setting up the City Bach Cantata Series. The Collective gave a lunchtime concert of Cantatas BWV 61 & 62. Peter spoke briefly after the performance:

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There’s a dedicated page with much more information here or you can view the official photos (by Joseph Ford Thompson photography, like the one of Peter, above) or download the programme via this link.


Bach Vespers 23 October 2016 featured Cantata BWV 89. Download the order of service here.
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Bach Vespers 25 September 2016 features Cantata BWV 96. Download the order of service here.

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city bach collective See an album of pictures (such as the one above) from this Bach Vespers here.


The Collective perform cantata BWV 105 at the Dutch Church in the City on 11 September in the first of a series of Sunday afternoon services in partnership with the Dutch Church.

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Bach Vespers 24 July 2016 featured Cantata BWV 105 & the opening Sinfonia of Cantata BWV 169. Download the order of service here.

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The service is part of the 21st St. Anne’s International Bach Festival

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Bach Vespers 19 June 2016 featured Cantata BWV 177. Download the order of service here.

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Bach Vespers 24 April 2016 featured Cantata BWV 166. Download the order of service here.

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The first of the newly re-convened City Bach Collective’s Bach Vespers was on 31 January, and featured cantatas BWV 81 & 82a/iii. Download the order of service here.
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Previous Bach Festivals as listed at bach-cantatas.com

2000-2015

The Sweelinck Ensemble  at the end of the rehearsal for Martin Knizia’s final Bach Vespers (BWV 136, ‘Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz’)  as director of Music-at-Hill, 26 July, 2015

 


The 20th Bach Festival, 3-26 July 2015

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Fundraising concert for the Lutheran Bach Vespers series, 21 November 2014, featuring cantatas BWV 210 ‘O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit’ with soprano Gillian Keith, and BWV 82 ‘Ich habe genug’.

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Bach cantata BWV 76 performed at Bach Vespers, 22 June 2014
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The 19th Bach Festival, 21-28 July 2014, featuring the music of CPE Bach


The Sweelinck Ensemble joined Eclectic Voices in March 2013 for a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion.

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Advertising poster from the performance of the St. John Passion at St. Anne & St. Agnes, Gresham Street
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The Sweelinck Ensemble performed cantatas by Buxtehude & Schütz, in a ‘Contemporaries of Bach’ lunchtime concert, November 2012

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Rehearsing Bach’s Brandenburg concerto No. 4 prior to performance during Bach Vespers at St. Anne and St. Agnes Church in 2011

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The 2012 Bach Festival 20-28 July. The final Bach Festival to be held at the church of St. Anne and St. Agnes, Gresham Street.
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A performance from the 2012 Bach Festival


Bach B Minor Mass performed by the Sweelinck Ensemble with Eclectic Voices on 27 March 2011 at St. Anne and St. Agnes Church, Gresham Street and subsequently at St. Paul’s Church, Covent Garden.

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A poster advertising a concert of Bass Cantatas during the 15th Bach Festival, 2010, including BWV 82, ‘Ich habe genug’

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Posters advertising previous Bach Festivals

 


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The programme for the 10th Bach Festival, 22-28 July 2005
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Publicity for the St. Matthew Passion, Palm Sunday, 13 April 2003

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The Order of Service for the installation of Jana Jeruma-Grinberga as Pastor for St. Anne’s Lutheran Church in 2001. Peter Lea-Cox wrote a cantata for the event which was performed by Roderick Williams. There was no Bach in this service: however, the Rev. Jeruma-Grinberga, herself an accomplished musician, went on to be a strong advocate of the Bach Vespers series.
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1989-1999

Posters advertising the events of the first four Bach Festival weeks

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The order of service for a special Eucharist, 5 January 1997, which reads:

A Bach Mass for Christmas celebrating the completion of the performance of all 195 of Bach’s extant church cantatas by Peter Lea-Cox and the Lecosaldi Ensemble

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The order of service from Bach Vespers, 19 March 1995, with cantata BWV 117 ‘Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut’

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The order of service from Bach Vespers, 20 July 1992, with cantata BWV 78, ‘Jesu, dir du meine Seele’

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17 May 1990, Cantata BWV 128, ‘Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein’

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1976-1989

The programme from a concert of Bach cantata BWV 83 on 2 February 1989. The concert was given at St. Stephen Walbrook as St. Mary-at-hill had suffered a fire in May 1988. A note on the front of the programme reads

The ensemble of St. Mary-at-Hill is composed of students and young professional musicians who voluntarily give their time for both rehearsals and performance. Their reward is in the size of, and enthusiasm of, their audience. BRING A FRIEND

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Cantata 76, 25 June 1987. We’d quite like to know who did the design for these programmes…

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The Bach Vespers order of service, 22 September 1985 ‘THIRD ANNIVERSARY SERVICE’ with Bach cantata BWV 8, ‘Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?’

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On the third anniversary of its establishment, an article in The American (September 1985) describes the success of the Bach Vespers series – and the ever-present threat to its survival, lack of funds.

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A special performance of the Bach Missa Brevis in G Major BWV 236 (not 136 as printed)

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The founders of the Bach Vespers series, Peter Lea-Cox and Rev. Ronald T. Engerlund pictured in Musical Societies Forum, February 1985

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also from (7) February 1985, BWV 144, ‘Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin’

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Notice of performance of the Handel Brockes Passion, April 1984

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The Nordic Baroque Festival, City of London Festival, across the press July 1983

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city bach collectiveReview of the April 1983 St. Anne’s Music Society Bach St. Matthew Passion in the City Recorder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


city bach collectiveNotice of the St. Anne’s Music Society B Minor Mass, City Recorder March 1983.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Listings of the very first St. Anne’s Music Society Lutheran Bach Vespers, 26 September 1982, featuring cantata BWV 161 and the A Minor violin concerto in

The Observer, 26 Septemberbv_observer26sept1982

 

 

 

 

The Times, 25 Septemberbv_times25sept1982

 

 

 

 

 

The Church Times, 17 Septembersams_first_bach_vespers_sept1982crop

 

 

 

 

The Order Of Service from the first Bach Vespers:

“We welcome you to this first Bach Vespers on behalf of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the sponsors of St Anne’s Music Society. Today’s service follows the intention of Bach who composed Cantata 161 for the 16th Sunday after Trinity, which is today in the Christian year. It was first heard in a Lutheran service in Weimar in 1715.”

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Pastor Ron Englund’s press release with details of the Bach Vespers series about to start in September 1982

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The oldest surviving programme from the City Bach Cantata Series, from February 1978: solo cantatas for bass, featuring Mark Wildman
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