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.
DEVIZES FESTIVAL 2018
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.”
SUMMER CONCERT 2018
Saturday 23 June 2018 7.30 pm Bath Abbey Nigel Perrin conductor
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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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.
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT
Dec 19th: St Michael Without 20th & 21st: Pump Room
SPRING CONCERT 2019
James MacMillan: St Luke Passion (To be confirmed) 30th March: Bath Abbey
SUMMER CONCERT 2019
Overture (tbc), Exultate Jubilate, and Songs by Carolyn Sampson Mozart Requiem 29th June: Bath Abbey
SUMMER CONCERT 2020
JS Bach: St Matthew Passion June: Bath Abbey
SUMMER CONCERT 2021
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.