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Orchestral & choral music by
J S Bach and Marianna Martines

Saturday 6 July 2024
Bath Abbey

Johann Sebastian Bach
Magnificat in D major
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major

Marianna Martines
Dixit Dominus
Laudate Pueri Dominum

This summer Bath Bach Choir proudly presents an exciting and inspiring evening of orchestral and choral music by two masters of Baroque music. Join us in the awe-inspiring setting of Bath Abbey to hear some of the finest works of the 18th century!

The choir will be joined by The Geldart Ensemble to perform Bach’s Magnificat in D major, marking the 300th anniversary of the first performance of this splendid work. The choir regularly includes in its programmes works by the outstanding composer whose name it proudly bears; the Magnificat is a long-standing favourite with singers and audiences alike. Bach put his heart into writing this hymn of praise in order to prove his skills to his new employers in Leipzig, and audiences are still thrilled by those soaring sounds. The Geldart Ensemble, fine exponents of Baroque music, will delight us with their performance of Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3, featuring the famous Air on the G string.

The choir will also perform two sublime pieces by one of Bach’s near-contemporaries, Marianna Martines, a lady admired by both Haydn and Mozart but whose compositions have been unjustly neglected for centuries – until now. Much-acclaimed in Vienna in her day, Martines was a genius, a trailblazing female musician, acknowledged by her contemporaries as one of the greatest of her age. The Dixit Dominus (Psalm 110) is probably her finest composition, a sacred masterpiece; alongside this will be a rare opportunity to hear her remarkable setting of Laudate Pueri Dominum (Psalm 112).

As Bath Bach Choir continues to bring the finest musical performances to Bath, do come and join us for an evening of jubilation and splendour!

Anna Cavalierosoprano
Jess Dandyalto
Hugo Hymastenor
Malachy Framebass

The Geldart Ensemble – Rachel Stroudleader
Marcus Sealyorgan continuo

Benedict Collins Riceconductor

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