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Choral Workshop 2024
Bach Cantatas BWV 22 & 23
Saturday 27 January 2024
St Swithin’s Church, Bath BA1 5LY

From Leipzig to Bath: Bach Cantata Cycle

2024 marks the 300th anniversary of J S Bach’s appointment at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig and, as our name suggests, we in Bath Bach Choir have a particular love of the great composer’s music. At our 2024 choral workshop we focused on the ones Bach wrote as his audition for the job in Leipzig. We sang in large and small groups throughout the day as we explored Cantatas BWV 22 and BWV 23, ending with an informal performance of both cantatas.

For the final sing-through we were joined by Clement Collins Rice, tenor, Choral Scholar with Oxford Bach Soloists. Clement has toured widely, including singing at the first ever Anglican evensong at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. He has also sung with ensembles including the Oxford Bach Choir, The Facade Ensemble, The Rodolfus Choir, and Ipswich Chamber Choir.

Over the coming years, we will be studying all of Bach’s magnificent and well-loved Leipzig cantata cycle, described as “one of the greatest contributions to Western Civilisation”. These future workshops will be led by some of the most recognised exponents of Bach, starting with David Hill, Musical Director of the Bach Choir, as guest conductor in 2025.

Benedict Collins Rice workshop director

Sacred Bruckner
Saturday 2 March 2024
Prior Park Chapel, Bath

Favourite motets, a rarely performed requiem and three trombones

The spacious chapel of Prior Park College will resound to a trio of trombones from Southern Sinfonia as they introduce Bath Bach Choir’s spring concert of sacred works by Anton Bruckner. Come and hear the choir perform his glorious Requiem in D minor, several of his most loved motets, including Locus iste and some that are perhaps less well-known. Among the choral works to be performed, there will be a rare performance of Psalm 114 with its glorious five-part double fugue.

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Bruckner’s birth, the programme will showcase the breadth of the composer’s writing as well as the full range of the choir’s skills, with an opportunity to hear some unusual combinations of singers and instruments. There will be all the excitement of the symphonic landscape, reworked by Bruckner for choral singing without diminishing the thrilling dynamic and harmonic ranges for which he was renowned.

Prior Park College is an 18th-century mansion overlooking the city of Bath and is set in 57 acres of parkland. Designed by John Wood the Elder, its Grade I listed chapel, dedicated to Our Lady of the Snows, is an integral part of the building and resembles a magnificent Roman basilica. The splendid organ of the chapel, built by Matthew Copley in 1984, will be expertly played by the choir’s loyal accompanist and soloist, Marcus Sealy.

Requiem in D minor
including Locus iste
Ave Maria
Psalm 114
Two Aequali for three trombones

Marcus Sealy organ
Benedict Collins Rice conductor

The concert was dedicated to the memory of Brian Woodford, a long-standing member of Bath Bach Choir who sadly passed away in January 2024. His cheerfulness, amiability, musical talent and generosity to everyone – especially to Bath Bach Choir and the local arts community – were an inspiration and will be sorely missed.