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Welcome to Bath Bach Choir

President: David Hill

Vice Presidents: Elizabeth Bates, Eleanor Robertson, Jonathan Willcocks
Founder: Cuthbert Bates

Musical Director: Nigel Perrin
Accompanist: Marcus Sealy

Bath Bach Choir, formed in 1946, sings a broad and exciting repertoire from the great sacred works of Bach to the cool, secular motets of Whitacre, bringing joy, passion and precision to everything we perform. Since 1990 the internationally renowned and inspirational Nigel Perrin has been our Musical Director, bringing demanding standards and fun to our rehearsals and brilliance to our public performances. Please explore the website to find out more about us, how to join us, and our concerts past and future.


Monday  4th June 2018   7.30pm   St Marys Church, 
New Park St, Devizes SN10 1DS
Rachmaninov: Liturgy of St John Chrysostom     Vivaldi: Gloria  Nigel Perrin  conductor

Rachmaninov composed this setting of the Liturgy in 1910 at a time when there was a resurgence of interest in the composition of sacred music built on Russian ecclesiastical chant. Rachmaninov himself wrote to tell a friend how much he had enjoyed writing the piece: “Not for a long time... have I written anything with such pleasure.”

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Saturday 23 June 2018  7.30 pm   Bath Abbey   Nigel Perrin 
Vivaldi: Gloria
Handel: Dixit Dominus, Suite from Water Music

For our prestigious summer concert, we will perform two iconic baroque works: the hugely popular Gloria by Vivaldi, bursting with joyous melodies, and Handel’s exuberant and uplifting setting of the psalm Dixit Dominus – composed when he was just 22 and learning his trade in Italy. Together with our young professional soloists, we welcome back Margaret Faultless and her outstanding authentic period orchestra – Music for Awhile – who will open the concert with a Suite from Handel’s all-time favourite Water Music.
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AUTUMN 2018  

Saturday 27 October 2018  7.30 pm  Kingswood Theatre (Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 5RG)

David Fanshawe: African Sanctus.  Featuring BackBeat Percussion Quartet

African Sanctus is the best-known work by British composer and ethnomusicologist David Fanshawe. Widely acclaimed for its passion, colour, vivacity and raw emotion, it juxtaposes and interweaves the Latin text of the Mass with traditional African music heard and recorded by the composer on his epic journey across Africa in the late 1960s. Adding irrepressible vibrancy to the singers and recordings will be the amazing percussion group – BackBeat – which will open the show with a demonstration of its flare and virtuosity.


Dec 19th:   St Michael Without  20th & 21st: Pump Room

James MacMillan:  St Luke Passion (To be confirmed)  30th March: Bath Abbey

Overture (tbc),  Exultate Jubilate, and Songs by Carolyn Sampson  Mozart Requiem  29th June: Bath Abbey

JS Bach:  St Matthew Passion  June: Bath Abbey

JS Bach:  Mass in B Minor  June: Bath Abbey


OPEN REHEARSAL   Anyone considering joining the choir is welcome to attend any normal Monday rehearsal to try us out. Contact Helen Roberts for details.






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