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Choral Workshop 2019
Mozart Requiem

Saturday 26 January 2019
9.30am–5.00pm
St Michael’s Without, Bath

Our Mozart Requiem workshop on 26 January 2019 was led by not one but two inspirational choral directors. Bath Bach Choir's musical director Nigel Perrin was joined by guest conductor Peter Leech, fresh from directing the annual Tallis Voices promenade concert in Wells Cathedral. Known for his innovative approach to music-making and strong following in the south-west, Peter had struck up an enthusiastic rapport with Bath Bach Choir when he guest-conducted our Venetian Vespers concert at Prior Park. We were delighted to work with Nigel and Peter on aspects of Mozart’s seminal choral work, and it was brilliant to see so many guests for this great day of singing. See you next year!

An Evening with J S Bach

Saturday 30 March 2019
7.30pm  |  Bath Abbey

Motets
Komm, Jesu, komm  |  Jesu, meine Freude
Singet dem Herrn  |  Lobet den Herrn

Organ solos played by Marcus Sealy on the Klais organ
Toccata in the Dorian mode (BWV 538)
Sonatina from Cantata 106
Sinfonia from Cantata 29

This intimate concert sees Bath Bach Choir return to its roots, showcasing two contrasting genres of Bach’s genius. Interspersed with the choir’s performance of four of his outstanding German motets, composed in the 1720s for the choir of St Thomas’s Leipzig, Marcus Sealy will perform two of Bach’s most scintillating organ works, using the full range of the abbey’s magnificent Klais organ.

Bach spent his last 27 years as Kantor (director of music) at the Thomasschule attached to the church of St Thomas in Leipzig. His gruelling workload included teaching, producing music for services at four churches in the town, and providing compositions for important civic occasions. The motets were written during this extraordinarily busy period. In our concert we contrast the joyful sounds of Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (Praise the Lord, all ye heathens) and Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Sing unto the Lord a new song) with the more contemplative Jesu, meine Freude (Jesu, my joy) and Komm, Jesu, komm (Come, Jesu, come). Bach would occasionally have made use of organ and cello continuo in St Thomas’s, and we will be using this authentic device for our concert also.

The last time Bath Bach Choir performed Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden it was in front of Bach’s grave at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig – an unforgettable moment in this choir’s history. We look forward to giving an equally inspiring performance on 30 March 2019.