Bach Mass in B minor

Saturday, 15 November 2014 - 7:30pm

When lovers of choral music muse over their 'Desert Island Discs' selection, the Mass in B minor by J. S. Bach - arguably the greatest choral work ever written - often features on the list. Join us to discover why, and enjoy the glories, the insights, the beauty and the exhilaration of this powerfully moving and uplifting work.

We are joined by six fine baroque soloists from the Royal Academy of Music opera course. The singing stars of the future, each has won the Josephine Baker Award.


Supported by the Julia Lampard Salon.



Jeremy Backhouse conducts Vivace Chorus and the Brandenburg Sinfonia.

J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor

Soloists: Sopranos Alice Privett and Alys Roberts, counter-tenor Damian Ganclarski, tenor Richard Dowling, baritone Samuel Queen and bass Lancelot Nomura.

There is a free pre-concert talk, given by Dr. Steven Berryman, at the Chapter House at 6:30pm.

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Jeremy on Bach Mass

Jeremy Backhouse gives an overview of Bach's Mass in B minor, with its searingly beautiful and uplifting sections.

Review of "Bach Mass in B minor", 15th Nov 2014

Bach’s Mass in B minor presents plenty of questions for those that research and perform this great work; such as why did Bach compile some of his greatest works and revise them (some more considerably than others) to set a complete Roman Catholic Mass when he worked within a Protestant-Lutheran church? I wonder if such a work is a statement of the universality of not only the Christian faith but all faith.

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