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Download a PDF of all all Bach cantatas performed in Bach Vespers since September 1982
Bach Vespers on 29 July features cantata BWV 168 and Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, BWV 1049. You can download the order of service here.
Bach Vespers on 17 June features cantata BWV 135. You can download the order of service here.
Bach Vespers on 27 May featured cantata BWV 165. You can download the order of service here.
Bach Vespers on 22 April 2018 featured Cantata BWV 12. You can download the order of service here.
Bach Vespers on 11 February 2018 featured Cantata BWV 23. You can download the order of service here.
Bach Vespers on 26 November 2017 featured Cantata BWV 60. You can download the order of service here.
Bach Vespers on 29 October 2017 featured Cantata BWV 80. You can download the order of service here.
Bach Vespers on 24 September 2017 featured Cantata BWV 138. You can download the order of service here.
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. You can download the order of service here.
Bach Vespers on 25 June 2017 featured Cantata BWV 39, the ‘Refugee Cantata’. You can download the order of service here.
Bach Vespers on 28 May 2017 featured Cantata BWV 44. Download the order of service here.
The Collective performed Cantata BWV 11, the Ascension Oratorio, at the American International Church on 21 May under the direction of Scott Stroman.
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.
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.
Bach Vespers 29 January 2017 features Cantata BWV 72. Download the order of service here.
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:
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.
Bach Vespers 25 September 2016 features Cantata BWV 96. Download the order of service here.
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.
Bach Vespers 24 July 2016 featured Cantata BWV 105 & the opening Sinfonia of Cantata BWV 169. Download the order of service here.
The service is part of the 21st St. Anne’s International Bach Festival
Bach Vespers 19 June 2016 featured Cantata BWV 177. Download the order of service here.
Bach Vespers 24 April 2016 featured Cantata BWV 166. Download the order of service here.
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.
The 20th Bach Festival, 3-26 July 2015
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’.
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.
The Sweelinck Ensemble performed cantatas by Buxtehude & Schütz, in a ‘Contemporaries of Bach’ lunchtime concert, November 2012
Rehearsing Bach’s Brandenburg concerto No. 4 prior to performance during Bach Vespers at St. Anne and St. Agnes Church in 2011
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.
A poster advertising a concert of Bass Cantatas during the 15th Bach Festival, 2010, including BWV 82, ‘Ich habe genug’
The programme cover for the St. John Passion, 5 April 2009
Poster advertising the Christmas Oratorio with Eclectic Voices, January 2009
Publicity for the St. Matthew Passion, Palm Sunday, 13 April 2003
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.
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
The order of service from Bach Vespers, 19 March 1995, with cantata BWV 117 ‘Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut’
The order of service from Bach Vespers, 20 July 1992, with cantata BWV 78, ‘Jesu, dir du meine Seele’
17 May 1990, Cantata BWV 128, ‘Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein’
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
The Bach Vespers order of service, 22 September 1985 ‘THIRD ANNIVERSARY SERVICE’ with Bach cantata BWV 8, ‘Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben?’
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.
A special performance of the Bach Missa Brevis in G Major BWV 236 (not 136 as printed)
The founders of the Bach Vespers series, Peter Lea-Cox and Rev. Ronald T. Engerlund pictured in Musical Societies Forum, February 1985
also from (7) February 1985, BWV 144, ‘Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin’
Notice of performance of the Handel Brockes Passion, April 1984
The Nordic Baroque Festival, City of London Festival, across the press July 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 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.”
Pastor Ron Englund’s press release with details of the Bach Vespers series about to start in September 1982