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Bath Bach Choir: An Evening with JS Bach

Saturday, March 30th, 2019, 19:30 - 21:00

Tickets £15, all unreserved

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This intimate concert, which will be presented from the crossing at Bath Abbey, 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 BBC performed Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden it was in front of Bach's grave at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig – an unforgettable moment in the choir's history. We look forward to an equally inspiring performance on 30 March 2019.