Lent Vespers 27 March

Come and join us as we perform music for Lent on 27 March at 6.30pm, in the church of St Mary at Hill in the City of London. Bach wrote very few cantatas suitable for Lent, because in the run-up to Easter, Leipzig observed tempus clausam, when ornate church music was not permitted. However, one cantata dating from his earlier employment in Weimar sets a Lenten text. This is BWV 54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde which is for solo alto. It will be sung in our performance by countertenor Tristram Cooke (pictured). The rest of the service will feature other beautiful music from the pre-Easter period, performed by our singers and period instrumentalists. This service is hosted by St Anne’s Lutheran Church.

Everyone is welcome (you don’t need to be religious) and entrance is free with a voluntary collection. We look forward to seeing you and sharing Bach’s wonderful music.