Chamber Choir

Bach Advent Mass and Cantatas

Thursday 13 November 2008, 19:30 - 21:30
St James's Piccadillymap ]
197 Piccadilly
London W1J 9LL

Orlando Chamber Choir and Orchestra
James Weeks, director
Juliet Fraser, soprano
Tom Williams, countertenor
Stephen Jeffes, tenor
Robert Davies, bass

Orlando Chamber Choir and Orchestra, directed by James Weeks, join forces with four outstanding soloists for an evening of Bach music. Central to the programme is one of Bach's lesser-known short masses, the Advent Mass, probably written for High Feasts at St Thomas' in Leipzig - although the Latin texts suggest it may have been a Catholic commission. Three of Bach's masterful cantatas, originally written for the choir of St Thomas', will also be revived at St James's Piccadilly. The authorship of the opening work, the joyous motet Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, is still disputed among scholars - it is excitingly virtuoso even to Bach's standards...


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden
Gottes Sohn is kommen (chorale BWV 318)
Missa Brevis in G
Nun komm der heiden Heiland (cantata BWV 61)
Widerstehe doch der S√ľnde (cantata BWV 54) (alto)
Der Herr denket an uns (cantata BWV 196)