Bath Bach Choir, formed in 1946, sings a broad and exciting repertoire from the great sacred works of Bach to the cool, secular motets of Whitacre, bringing joy, passion and precision to everything we perform. Since 1990 the internationally renowned and inspirational Nigel Perrin has been our Musical Director, bringing demanding standards and fun to our rehearsals and brilliance to our public performances.
Carols by Candlelight
Bath Assembly Rooms
Friday 18 & Saturday 19 December 2020
12.00pm | 5.30pm | 8.00pm
St Mary’s Church, Bathwick
Wednesday 16 December 2020 | 7.30pm
Bath Bach Choir has performed three nights of Carols by Candlelight every year since 1946 – a much-loved calendar fixture that, for many Bathonians, marks the true start of Christmas. This year, the logistics may be different but the spirit is the same, as the choir takes over the Bath Assembly Rooms for two days of uplifting Christmas music, plus a bonus performance at St Mary’s Church, Bathwick.
Bath Bach Choir
featuring Chris Bruerton of The King’s Singers
Eriskay Love Lilt
And so, out of the lockdown 2020, came a flowering of creativity and the opportunity to bring together King’s Singers ‘ancient and modern’ in a unique collaboration. Current member Chris Bruerton accepted our invitation to lead a Zoom rehearsal and record the baritone solo in the Eriskay Love Lilt, in an arrangement by Simon Carrington who sang the same solo on The King’s Singers’ recording of 1993. On this recording by Bath Bach Choir, we added a new twist – a few bars of counter-tenor magic performed by our musical director of 30 years, Nigel Perrin, also an original King’s Singer. How cool is that.
Bath Bach Choir Quirentine Lockdown Recording Project, May 2020
Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré
As the pandemic continues to disrupt our lives, we have been meeting ‘virtually’ to sing
in isolation from our homes – apart but together as a community. Through a collective spirit of willingness to follow new paths and explore what can be achieved through technology, we have recorded and produced this video. For a choir, singing in isolation requires us all to take our imaginations for a walk. We hope this piece inspires you to do the same, and we look forward to seeing you again on the other side.