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Sacred Bruckner
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Sacred Bruckner

Saturday 2 March 2024
Prior Park Chapel, Bath

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

Marcus Sealy organ
Benedict Collins Rice conductor

£25 nave reserved
£15 side aisles unreserved
Concessions for U18s & students

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.

The concert is 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.

The Chapel of Our Lady of the Snows, Prior Park College, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath BA2 5AH