Bach cantatas in 2016

city bach collectiveWe were very pleased to see a large and appreciative congregation for last Sunday’s Bach Vespers (in conjunction with St. Anne’s Lutheran Church, at the church of St. Mary-at-hill). It was a slightly hair-raising occasion: the popular church building was busy with a concert earlier in the afternoon so we found ourselves rehearsing across the road in St. Margaret Pattens, using an electronic keyboard programmed to the temperament of the chamber organ we used later! Whatever the circumstances, we were happy to be performing fine music (from Bach’s first year of tenure in Leipzig, just before he wrote the St. John Passion) together. You can find more details of the service, including the order of service on the Archive page.

It was mentioned in the announcements at Vespers that some of the Collective will go to Berlin next month to perform in a Bach Vesper(s) auf Deutsch with the previous Cantor of St. Anne’s Lutheran Church, Martin Knizia. Emily Atkinson joins an international line-up of performers including Capella Vitalis Berlin, familiar from past summer Bach Festivals, to perform cantatas BWV 93 & 82, should you find yourself in Berlin on 6 March.