The next Bach Vespers with St. Anne’s Lutheran Church in the City will be on Reformation Sunday, the final Sunday in October. It’s a year on from the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation and this fact lends itself to the character of J. S. Bach’s cantata BWV 115, Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, a reflective cantata that exhorts the listener to wait patiently – a bit like the driver of this car, the Lord Mayor of London’s official vehicle, waiting outside the Mansion House.
As usual we will be performing a selection of other music by J. S. Bach and his contemporaries alongside the cantata in the service, which is free to attend on 28 October at 6.30pm. Read more about Bach Vespers here.
We’re very pleased to return to The Dutch Church London on 14 October at 3pm. This popular Sunday afternoon event features a talk from a celebrity speaker and a performance of a Bach cantata. This time we’re performing cantata BWV 12, Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen, whose first chorus is famously the model for the Crucifixus of Bach’s great masterwork, the B Minor Mass. We are also delighted to learn that the speaker will be the Dutch Ambassador to the UK, Simon Smits. The service also features works by Bach played on the organ.
We’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.
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 stokenewingtonearlymusic.org.uk for full details. See you there!
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.