Since 1996 (right) there has been a Bach festival in July in the City. First established in conjunction with the St. Anne’s Music Society, based at the church of St. Anne & St. Agnes, the home of Bach Vespers, the Festival has been held every summer since. Bach Vespers, featuring a sacred cantata, has been a mainstay of the festival and other events have featured other performers from that series.
See more posters from the Bach Festival series on the Archive page.
Now hosted by Music-at-Hill (the successor to St. Anne’s Music Society), the City Bach Collective continue to contribute a Bach Vespers as part of the Festival – not only offering the most appropriate cantata for the Sunday of the performance but also cramming the rest of the service with other great pieces by Bach and his contemporaries. In 2018, we performed cantata BWV 168 Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort, Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 BWV 1049 and Bach’s setting of the Creed BWV 437, amongst other music.