Open rehearsal: Monday May 9
King Edward's Junior School Gym 7.15-9.30 (postponed from February 1)
Bach: B minor Mass
June 18, 2016: Bath Abbey
In a variation of our usual routine, we're holding our summer 2016 concert in Bath Abbey to perform what is many people's favourite choral work, and the piece for which Bath Bach Choir was founded in 1946: Bach's Mass in B minor. Don't miss the opportunity to hear this perfect piece in all its glory with authentic baroque orchestra and top soloists.
Venetian Vespers at Prior Park
October 29, 2016
For autumn 2016 we're heading to the exquisite chapel of Prior Park School on the southern edges of Bath to fill its elegant acoustic with 'Venetian Vespers' featuring composers such as Monteverdi and his contemporaries, including Rovetta, Legrenzi and Grandi, and culminating in a performance of the seven-part Magnificat by Giovanni Rigatti. This fine chapel was completed in 1863, following 18th-century French models such as Chalgrin's St Philippe-du-Roule in Paris. Although very different from St Marks Venice, the building has it's own atmosphere and the pieces should sound there rather well.
2017 Workshop announced: Dvorak & Vodka
Our annual workshop will take place on January 28, 2017 at St Michael's Without in Bath. The work to be studied is Dvorak's Mass in D and singers will also be offered a cockle-warming cocktail. More details to follow - see the Workshops page.
NEWS ARCHIVE 2016
Rachmaninov Vespers with piano interludes
March 5, 2016: Exeter Cathedral
March 19, 2016: Bath Abbey
This was our latest joint project with our sister choir from Devon, Exeter Festival Chorus. We gave two performances of the richly challenging Vespers by Rachmaninov, interspersed Rachmaninov Preludes played by the international concert pianist Peter Donohoe. With candlelight, incense, atmospheric lighting and choreographed moves which had 120 singers performing from different parts of the cathedral and the abbey, these were truly memorable and innovative performances for two sell-out audiences.
Annual Workshop: Puccini & Prosecco
Saturday January 23, 9.30am-5pm
This fun gathering took place in central Bath – an opportunity for everyone to come along for an inspirational day of music-making, singing with the choir and learning from our maestro Nigel Perrin. We studied Puccini's Messa di Gloria – and there was an Italian theme to the refreshments. A great day out.
NEWS ARCHIVE: 2015
Carols by Candelight
We returned to the Pump Rooms in Bath on December 16, 17 and 18 for our traditional concerts of Christmas music old, new and occasionally a bit racy, with something for everyone including young virtuoso soloists from Wells Cathedral School, local children's voices, audience participation, mulled wine and candlelight. It was the true start of Christmas.
Rotary Club Carols
December 15: Bath Abbey
We were once again honoured to have been invited to lead the singing in a packed Bath Abbey for the annual Rotary Club service of lessons and carols. In this, his 25th year of directing Bath Bach Choir, Nigel Perrin also read one of the lessons, and the choir performed two pieces of Christmas music during the service.
November 7: Bath Abbey.
Motets by Jenkins, Whitacre, MacMillan, Vaughan Williams
Verity Wingate soprano
For the night before Remembrance Sunday, this programme reflected on the theme of remembrance but far from melancholy in mood. The music may have been thought-provoking but ultimately uplifting and inspirational, showcasing the best of contemporary choral music.
Bath Bach Choir went on tour to Barcelona in October 2015. We sang two masses and performed two concerts, the first in Barcelona Cathedral and the second in the church of Santa Maria del Mar. We also sang briefly in Gaudi's amazing Sagrada Familia, where we reprised Tchaikovsky's edgy Sviati Bozhe (in Old Church Slavonic, of course).