On Friday 26 July at 6pm we are to play a special gala concerto concert to bring to an end the 24th St. Anne’s International Bach Festival hosted by the music society Music-at-Hill. The programme will be
J. S. Bach: Overture, BWV 1070
Air from Suite no. 3, BWV 1068
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Harpsichord Concerto in A major, BWV 1055
Double Concerto for oboe & violin, BWV 1060
Hazel Brooks violin & director
Belinda Paul oboe
Dan Tidhar harpsichord
This concerto finale will be followed by a special Golden Jubilee reception hosted by Music-at-Hill to which all concert-goers are welcome. An exhibition of archival material from the earliest days of the Society will also be on display throughout the day.
This Gala Concert will be held at St. Mary-at-Hill, Lovat Lane EC3R 8EE
The first Bach Vespers with St. Anne’s Lutheran Church of the summer is on 30 June. We will be offering a performance of J. S Bach cantata BWV 2, Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein along with other German Baroque music on period instruments. We’re also glad to welcome a couple of guest soloists to sing at Bach Vespers for the first time, so we hope you can join us!
We’re really pleased to be returning to the American International Church in London for a performance of J. S. Bach’s cantata Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saite, BWV 172, known as the Pentecost Cantata. The cantata is performed within a service at the church at 11am on 9 June conducted by their director of music, Scott Stroman.
On Sunday 19 May we are performing in a special Bach Vespers service for St. Anne’s Lutheran Church, as on this occasion the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE will come to preach. This comes during a special time, in which the pastor of St. Anne’s Lutheran Church, Eliza Zikmane, a strong advocate of the Bach Vespers series, has been confirmed as the new Dean of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain.
We will be performing J. S. Bach cantata BWV 108, Es ist euch gut, daß ich hingehe, or ‘It is good for you that I leave’, a work that prepares the Christian for Christ’s Ascension. There will be other music besides, including a motet by Scheidt, an introduction to the Vater Unser by Schein and Bach’s motet Lobet den Herrn BWV 230.
Bach Vespers, at 6.30pm, is free to attend (with a voluntary collection) and all are welcome.
We are already looking forward to the first Bach Vespers after Easter (well, J. S Bach did not write any cantatas for Lent, so we’re starved of these wonderful pieces until then).
Moreover, we are particularly looking forward to welcoming a delegation from the World Lutheran Federation to Bach Vespers. At this special event we are thrilled to finally get to perform J. S. Bach cantata BWV 42, Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats. The famous opening instrumental Sinfonia has long been a concert piece in our repertoire but we haven’t, in living memory, had the chance to perform the entire work (because we tend to perform the cantata for the given Sunday, in an ongoing effort to stick closely to the Lutheran liturgical year as the music is in support of St Anne’s Lutheran Church’s act of worship).
We really hope that you will be able to join us for this event on 28 April at 6.30pm which, as ever, is free to attend. We will also perform other works by Bach as well as by other noted composers in the Lutheran tradition, Heinrich Schütz, Dieterich Buxtehude and Martin Luther himself.