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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.

Bach Cantata 84 at the Dutch Church

At the beginning of this new year, we are pleased to have been invited back to the Dutch Church in the City of London to perform Bach Cantata Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke BWV 84 for solo soprano and the motet Lobet den Herrn BWV 230. Our colleague Emily Atkinson will perform this beautiful solo cantata, which is the centrepiece of a an afternoon cantata service at the Dutch Church, the first under the stewardship of the church’s new Predikant, Bertjan van de Lagemaat, who will speak to introduce the cantata. The organist of the church, celebrated soloist David Titterington, will play Jesus Christus unser Heiland BWV 665 and the Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 545 on the main organ at the beginning and end of the service.

The Dutch Church’s cantata service at 3pm on Sunday 28 Jan 2018 is free to attend, with a voluntary collection.