Come to the magnificent Union Chapel in Highbury on 10 December to hear City Bach Collective instrumentalists join forces with the choir Eclectic Voices for a concert of Bach’s wonderful Magnificat, directed by Scott Stroman. Soloists include Emma Kirkby and Jonathan Eyers. The programme, based around the year 1723, Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig, includes Vivaldi’s popular concerto ‘Winter’, and Bach’s powerful motet ‘Singet dem Herrn’. The performance is at 5pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
On 3 December our instrumentalists are pleased to be joining the choir of the American International Church and their colleagues from Eclectic Voices for a performance of Bach’s festive Magnificat directed by the American Church’s music director, Scott Stroman (pictured). The service is at 11 am. All are welcome.
Come and join us on 26 November, when we perform Bach’s rarely heard cantata BWV 116, Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ. The service takes place at 6.30pm at the church of St Mary-at-Hill in the City of London. This expressive cantata, on the theme of help in distress, features oboe d’amores, as well as an unusual vocal terzetto. In the opening chorale fantasia voices and instruments interweave in a concerto grosso texture. Our team of voices and period instrumentalists will also perform other music of the German Baroque.
Everyone is welcome. You don’t need to be religious and entrance is free (with a voluntary collection). We look forward to sharing Bach’s wonderful music with you.
Don’t miss us on 29 October as we perform Bach’s magnificent and ever popular Reformation cantata, BWV 80, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott. This Bach Vespers service takes place at 6.30pm at the church of St Mary at Hill in the City of London, hosted by St Anne’s Lutheran Church. This cantata features a team of three oboes of different sizes and bassoon, playing with and in contrast to the strings to create fabulous textural colours. There will also be lots of other music too, performed on period instruments.
Everyone is welcome (you don’t have to be religious), and attendance is free. Do come along and bring your friends. We look forward to seeing you there to share Bach’s wonderful music!
The following Bach Vespers will be on 26 November (BWV 116).
After the summer break, we are back for Bach Vespers on 24 September. Come and join us at 6.30pm at the church of St Mary at Hill in the City of London. We’ll be performing the splendid cantata BWV 33, Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, a work bursting with variety of musical colours and textures. The impressive opening choral fantasia, showcasing our superb vocal team and virtuosic oboes, contrasts with more tender moments, such as the alto aria featuring pizzicato strings and muted violin. We will also perform other music from the German baroque for voices and period instruments. The Revd Sarah Farrow, known for her lively sermons, returns to Bach Vespers to lead this service.
Everyone is welcome, so do come along and bring a friend. You don’t need to be religious, you can just come to enjoy the music. Entrance is free (with a voluntary collection). We look forward to seeing you and sharing Bach’s wonderful music.
Next Bach Vespers: 29 October, with BWV 80, Ein feste Burg.