Event Category: Forthcoming

Bach: B minor Mass


Sydney Street, London SW3 6NH
 
Tickets: £15 (concessions £10)
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Bach’s Mass in B Minor was described in 1818 as ‘the greatest musical artwork of all times and all people’: and this remains arguably true even two centuries later. It outshone all previous settings of the Roman Catholic Ordinary of the Mass, and was probably intended as a personal summation of Bach’s life’s work, finally assembled only a few months before his death in 1750.
It is a compendious masterpiece, with styles and influences ranging from plainchant to opera. There are movements that plumb the depths of human emotion, and those that triumphantly proclaim the message of the angels. But enveloping the work is a philosophical transcendence, which appeals and belongs to believers and non-believers alike: indeed ‘it was J.S.Bach, in the B-Minor Mass, who most successfully joined ecclesiastical past with worldly present to create a work of enduring universality’ (George Stauffer).

Interpretations old and new

Euston Road, London NW1 2BA
 
Tickets: £15 (concessions £10) available via EventBrite
 
Rachmaninoff: Priidite, poklonomsia
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia
Anon English 13th cent.: Edi beo thu
Kerry Andrew: Hevene Quene
Thea Musgrave: On the Underground, Set 2
Britten: Five Flower Songs
Gurney: Since I believe
John Duggan: Requiem (from ‘The Singing Will Never Be Done’)
Bantock: My luve is like a red, red rose
James MacMillan: The Gallant Weaver
Paul Edwards: God be in my head
Judith Weir: My Guardian Angel
 

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A fascinating programme of choral music where a contemporary work is paired with an earlier piece based on words from the same poet or source. For example, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Rachmaninoff’s settings of All Night Vigil, James MacMillan and Granville Bantock’s settings of Burns, and Thea Musgrave’s and Benjamin Britten’s settings of words by Herrick. Included is a motet by Ivor Gurney which was only published in 2017, 92 years after it was composed. And Judith Weir provides a brief opportunity for audience participation!
 

Part of the York New Music Festival

St Saviourgate, York YO1 8NQ
 
Rachmaninoff: Priidite, poklonomsia
Cheryl Frances-Hoad: Bogoroditse Devo, raduysia
Anon English 13th cent.: Edi beo thu
Kerry Andrew: Hevene Quene
Tom Armstrong: Brontë Antiphons (World premiere)
Thea Musgrave: On the Underground, Set 2
Britten: Five Flower Songs
Gurney: Since I believe
John Duggan: Requiem (from ‘The Singing Will Never Be Done’)
David Power: The Transfiguration (World premiere)
Bantock: My luve is like a red, red rose
James MacMillan: The Gallant Weaver
David Lancaster: Feathers (World premiere)
Judith Weir: My Guardian Angel
 

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A fascinating programme of choral music where a contemporary work is paired with an earlier piece based on words from the same poet or source. For example, Cheryl Frances-Hoad and Rachmaninoff’s settings of All Night Vigil, James MacMillan and Granville Bantock’s settings of Burns, and Thea Musgrave’s and Benjamin Britten’s settings of words by Herrick. There are three new works by David Power, David Lancaster and Tom Armstrong, as well as a motet by Ivor Gurney which was only published in 2017, 92 years after it was composed. And Judith Weir provides a brief opportunity for audience participation!