The Lord bless youQuirentine Lockdown Recording Project
and keep you
by John Rutter
Virtual Bath Bach Choir | April 2021
Emerging step-by-step from the barren desert of no live singing, we offer our last lockdown recording as a gift and perhaps a comfort to all those who have struggled with loneliness or bereavement over the past 13 months, as a result of the covid-19 pandemic. The beautifully crafted choral music of John Rutter is always uplifting, and we hope our words and voices speak for themselves.
The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord make his face to shine upon you
And be gracious unto you.
The Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you
And give you peace.
Midsummer VespersSaturday 3 July 2021
7.30pm | Bath Abbey
For our long-awaited return to live singing, Bath Bach Choir presented Midsummer Vespers, a sacred programme with a light touch and a contemplative mood. Fanning out around the vibrant new space of Bath Abbey, we created an atmospheric theatre of sound, with a mix of music early and modern by Tallis, Morales, Guerrero, Buxtehude, Rossini, Fauré, Gjeilo and Rachmaninov.
Young soloists Katie Bunney (saxophone) and Cassandra Dalby (mezzo-soprano) joined us on our journey back into the light, with Huw Williams accompanying and Nigel Perrin sculpting the sounds in this, his 31st year as music director of Bath Bach Choir.
Bath Bach Choir had been rehearsing – and performed – under carefully controlled, Covid-safe conditions.
Katie Bunney saxophone
Cassandra Dalby mezzo-soprano
Huw Williams organ & piano
Nigel Perrin conductor
Choral Workshop 2021Saturday 25 September 2021
A German Requiem
St Mary’s Church, Bathwick
Our 2021 choral workshop was a day of soul-stirring live music as we shone a spotlight on Brahms’ A German Requiem to study and sing together under the masterful direction of Nigel Perrin, accompanied by piano (Marcus Sealy) and soloists (Alice Leebetter soprano & James Berry baritone).
The work, which takes the German lyrics from Martin Luther’s bible rather than the Latin text of the Roman Catholic mass, was described by Clara Schumann as “an immense piece that takes hold of one’s whole being like very little else. The profound seriousness, combined with all the magic and poetry, has a wonderful, deeply moving and soothing effect.” Brahms himself called it “a human requiem”, weaving together themes of consolation for the living as well as ideas on the life to come.