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Bach Vespers, 23 September 2018, BWV 47

city bach collectiveWe’re returning for more Bach Vespers this Autumn with a performance of JS Bach cantata Wer sich selbst erhöhet, der soll erniedriget werden BWV 47 on 23 September at 6.30pm (the usual time – and indeed the usual place of St. Mary-at-Hill Church off Eastcheap, for St. Anne’s Lutheran congregation).

We’re really pleased to be joined by two singers formerly of the Genesis Sixteen programme. Countertenor Tristram Cooke is a member of the choir of Westminster Abbey and a familiar face to the Bach Vespers series. He will also perform Schütz’s Ich danke dem Herrn von ganzem Herzen SWV 284. You can read more about Tristram at his website, here. Equally, we’re delighted to welcome tenor Oscar Golden-Lee, performing with us for the first time.


SNEMF Concert, German Baroque Masterworks, 17 July 2018

We find ourselves privileged and a little proud to have been asked to close this year’s Stoke Newington Early Music Festival. On 17 July we will travel north across London to perform a programme of German Baroque Masterworks at the Old Church, Stoke Newington at 8pm. The programme is

  • Bach Cantata 132 (Aria 1st movement)
  • Schütz 3 soprano pieces with ensemble
  • Instrumental pieces by Johann Janitsch and Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Buxtehude 2 soprano pieces
  • Bach Complete Cantata BWV 84, Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke

Soprano Emily Atkinson is the solo soprano and the ensemble is directed from the leader’s violin by Hazel Brooks. Tickets are available from Eventbrite. Visit for full details. See you there!

Bach Cantatas for Summer 2018

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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

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.