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Sun 24 Feb 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

Bach, the Universe & Everything
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Bach Wie schön leuctet der Morgenstern ‘How Beautifully Gleams the Morning Star’ BWV1

Rowan Pierce soprano
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Dr Emma Chapman

Cosmic Dawn

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

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Sat 23 Feb 2019

Assembly Rooms, Bath

Bath Bachfest

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Bach Orchestral Suite No.1
Bach Sinfonia to Cantata BWV42
Bach Violin Concerto in E major
Bach Orchestral Suite No.2
Bach Concerto for two violins in D minor

Margaret Faultless director/ violin
Michael Gurevich violin
Rodolfo Richter violin
Rachel Beckett flute

With a team of well-known soloists, we perform some of Bach’s finest orchestral works: two of the colourful Suites, a tuneful Sinfonia, a familiar Violin Concerto, and the sublime Concerto for two violins.

Part of Bath Bachfest.

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Sun 17 Mar 2019

Kings Place Hall One

Bach, the Universe & Everything

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Bach Cantata: Es reisset euch ein schrecklich Ende ‘A Terrible End Shall Sweep You Away‘. BWV90

Ciara Hendrick alto
James Way tenor
Jonathan Brown bass
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Professor David Waltham speaker

Hunting for Aliens

Marvel at our extraordinary universe and the music of Bach with our new Sunday morning series for inquiring and curious minds, with divine music, lively conversation and stimulating science.

The music

With its uncompromising title, this theatrical cantata opens with an anguished tenor aria and remains one of the most furious and intense of the collection.

The science

Is there life on other worlds? We close our season with a look at the latest research in astrobiolology – the search for extraterrestrial life.

Our very own Sunday service is a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science. There is no better way to start a Sunday morning.

In partnership with the Institute of Physics.

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Tue 2 Apr 2019

Royal Festival Hall, London

Bach’s St John Passion

Katharina Spreckelsen, Co-Principal oboe
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Bach St John Passion

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director
Camilla Tilling soprano
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Christian Gerhaher baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A thrilling staging of the Easter story. Sir Simon Rattle has assembled an extraordinary team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

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Sat 6 Apr 2019

Elbphilharmonie

Bach’s St John Passion

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Bach  St John Passion 

Sir Simon Rattle has assembled an extraordinary team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

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Sun 7 Apr 2019

Elbphilharmonie

Bach’s St John Passion

Katharina Spreckelsen, Co-Principal oboe
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Bach  St John Passion 

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director
Camilla Tilling soprano
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Christian Gerhaher baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Sir Simon Rattle has assembled an extraordinary team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

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Tue 9 Apr 2019

Alte Oper Frankfurt

Bach’s St John Passion

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Bach St John Passion

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director
Camilla Tilling soprano
Magdalena Kožená mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore tenor
Andrew Staples tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Christian Gerhaher baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Sir Simon Rattle has assembled an extraordinary team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

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Fri 19 Apr 2019

St John's Smith Square

Bach’s St John Passion

Katharina Spreckelsen, Co-Principal oboe
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Bach St John Passion

Stephen Layton conductor
Polyphony
Nick Pritchard Evangelist
Neal Davies Jesus
Rowan Pierce soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Ruairi Bowen tenor
Ashley Riches bass

Stephen Layton, one of Britain’s greatest choral conductors, gathers together some of London’s finest singers to perform Bach’s St John Passion, considered by many to be even more emotional and dramatic than the St Matthew Passion. A Good Friday matinee concert.

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Fri 3 May 2019

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

Bach: Three Suites

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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Concerto for oboe d'amore
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1

Margaret Faultless director/ violin
Katharina Spreckelsen oboe d'amore
Katy Bircher flute

Bach achieved a perfect balance of pleasure and precision with his set of Orchestral Suites. After years in the service of various church employers, he let loose with a bit of Gallic flair, trying his hand at writing in various styles of French dance music.

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Fri 10 May 2019

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Bach: Toutes Suites

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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Margaret Faultless violin/ director
Lisa Beznosiuk flute

The balance of pleasure.

Order and moderation versus rebellion and pleasure. Battling forces at the heart of us, in between which lies that elusive ideal we call happiness.

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Tue 14 May 2019

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Bach: Toutes Suites

David Blackadder, principal trumpet
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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Margaret Faultless violin/ director
Lisa Beznosiuk flute

Bach and the balance of pleasure.

Order and moderation versus rebellion and pleasure. Battling forces at the heart of us, in between which lies that elusive ideal we call happiness.

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Thu 16 May 2019

Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Bach: Toutes Suites

David Blackadder, principal trumpet
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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Margaret Faultless violin/ director
Lisa Beznosiuk flute

The balance of pleasure.

Order and moderation versus rebellion and pleasure. Battling forces at the heart of us, in between which lies that elusive ideal we call happiness.

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Sat 18 May 2019

Cadogan Hall

Bach’s Mass in B Minor

David Blackadder, principal trumpet
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Bach B Minor Mass

Joanna Tomlinson conductor
Miriam Allan soprano
Roderick Morris countertenor
Greg Tassell tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Constanza Chorus

In its tenth birthday celebration concert, the dynamic Constanza Chorus is joined by us for a performance of Bach’s masterpiece, the Mass in B Minor.

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Sun 19 May 2019

Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall

Bach: Toutes Suites

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Bach Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2
Bach Orchestral Suite No. 4

Margaret Faultless director/ violin
Lisa Beznosiuk flute

The balance of pleasure.

Order and moderation versus rebellion and pleasure. Battling forces at the heart of us, in between which lies that elusive ideal we call happiness.

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