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JS Bach's Mass in B minor - Bath Bach Choir 75th Anniversary Concert

Saturday November 5, 2022 at 18:30
Bath Abbey, Bath
£28, £25, £22, £15, £10; concessions for children under 18 and students
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  1. Mass in B minor BWV 232 - Johann Sebastian Bach

Musical fireworks will take place inside Bath Abbey on 5 November 2022, as Bath Bach Choir celebrates its 75th anniversary with a performance of its signature work, J S Bach’s Mass in B minor, the piece performed at the Choir’s inaugural concert in 1947.

The evening will have added poignancy as it will be conductor Nigel Perrin’s final concert with Bath Bach Choir as he steps down after 33 years as its Musical Director.

Of the B minor Mass, which Bach presented to the Elector of Saxony as a portfolio of individual pieces in the hope of securing a post at court, Nigel Perrin says: “It unquestionably demonstrates Bach’s genius in an immense range of styles, from grand chorales to elegant dances, from fiendish fugues to intricate counterpoint. With its scintillating and rhythmically compelling quaver passages and harmonic structures that send shivers down your spine, it’s the ultimate challenge and ambition for all choirs.

“Bath Bach Choir has indulgently allowed me to conduct all my favourite works over the past year, starting with Brahms’ Requiem, then the Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle and finally last July’s superb Monteverdi Vespers with I Fagiolini. With the Bach to finish off the set, I could not imagine a more fulfilling farewell.”

Nigel Perrin has chosen his favourite period orchestra, Margaret Faultless’s Music for Awhile, to play for the concert, and a cast of international soloists, - Mhairi Lawson, Hugo Hymas and Frederick Long - will complete the line-up for this landmark performance.

The performance starts at the earlier than usual time of 6.30pm and will finish at approx 8.30pm including a 10-minute interval. A retiring collection will be taken in aid of the Bath Rotary Club’s charities.

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