CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Somerset Life today CLICK HERE

All-star line-up for charity concert

PUBLISHED: 11:04 15 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:51 20 February 2013

All-star line-up for charity concert

All-star line-up for charity concert

On Saturday 26 March, the acclaimed Bristol Bach Choir will be performing Bach¹s <br/><br/>masterpiece, the St Matthew Passion, in Bath Abbey in aid of Dorothy House Hospice Care.

On Saturday 26 March, the acclaimed Bristol Bach Choir will be performing Bachs masterpiece, the St Matthew Passion, in Bath Abbey in aid of Dorothy House Hospice Care.



The Passion tells the story of Christs final days, from his betrayal right through to his death.For the concert, the Choir will be joined by some of the worlds finest soloists, including:



* James Gilchrist ("unsurpassed among lyric tenors in sweetness and technical security, and for his musical intelligence", The Independent)


* Carolyn Sampson ("one of the wonders of the operatic world", The Independent)


* Michael Chance ("a seasoned exponent of what is still the best counter-tenor since Handel's time", The Guardian).



The Choir will be accompanied by leading period ensemble the Parley of Instruments ('an outstanding combination of technical excellence and interpretative flair', Classic CD).


Speaking ahead of the concert about the Choir's reasons for supporting Dorothy House, conductor Gavin Carr said:



"Dorothy House does a phenomenal job of supporting patients and their families through the most difficult times of their lives. Nothing speaks more to the conflicting emotions death arouses than Bach's magnificent music this piece seems to emerge from the deepest places in the human psyche, and for that reason it makes a perfect connection with the work of Dorothy House. Audiences pick up on this, and the pairing has received fantastic support."



Dorothy House Chief Executive Sarah Whitfield added:


"We're thrilled that Gavin Carr has once again chosen to support Dorothy House through a performance of the St Matthew Passion. Bath Abbey is the most wonderful setting for this magnificent and deeply moving piece of sacred music and Gavin has brought together an impressive array of soloists for this performance."



Speaking about the music, Gavin Carr added:


"At the time of its writing The St Matthew Passion was the biggest thing ever attempted, with its massive double choruses, two orchestras, and incredibly intricate design, and it remains the greatest expression in western culture of the Passion story. Though Bach wrote several other Passions, it was always referred to in his own household as 'the great Passion' his family certainly understood the measure of his achievement!


Audiences come to it as to a pilgrimage, with a measure of concentration and devotion that lifts performances out of the usual sphere: when the cast is as world-renowned as this one, the effect can be extraordinary."



Bristol Bach Choir is acclaimed for its excellence and in 2010 performed a sell-out concert of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers (to mark the pieces 400th anniversary) in Bristol Cathedral. In an extraordinary coup for an amateur regional choir, it was joined by soloists from The Sixteen, familiar to many from the BBC's 'Sacred Music' series.


Established over 40 years ago, the Choir attracts singers young and old from all walks of life in and around Bristol and Bath and has built up a loyal fan base across the region. In addition to performing throughout the South West, the choir has toured extensively overseas and performed on BBC, ITV and Sky.


The Choir will shortly be releasing a CD of popular choral works from the Renaissance through to the present day, which will be available to buy from the Choir's website at http://www.bristolbach.org.uk/

0 comments

More from Out & About

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Simone Stanbrook-Byrne explores two villages on the Mendip Hills and the tranquil paths that link them

Read more
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Whatever the season, we love exploring Portishead!

Read more
Monday, October 1, 2018

Given to the people of Bath as a gift from a local benefactor 80 years ago, the tranquil Alice Park is thriving, as Chrissy Harris discovers

Read more
Friday, September 28, 2018

When a town can boast having three community orchards offering free fruit for all, you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Laurence McJannet marches to Wellington for some culinary surprises

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

As the colder months draw in, and golden and red hues fill the trees, there’s nothing quite like gathering the family for a stroll through the countryside. Embrace the fresh air, wrap up warm and soak in the beauty of Somerset on these 10 autumn walks

Read more
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Steve Roberts traces the trials and tribulations behind the construction of a famous Bristol landmark

Read more
Friday, September 14, 2018

This month Andrea Cowan visits Withypool

Read more
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Crunchy leaves under foot, bracing walks in beautiful countryside and along the coast, cream teas in cosy tea rooms and charming pubs with roaring fireplaces – what’s not to love about autumn in the Somerset?

Read more
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

A wander through Somerton’s streets reveals a perfectly preserved rural Somerset town, discovers Laurence McJannet

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Take a family walk in Watchet, exploring both town and countryside, with Simone Stanbrook-Byrne

Read more
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

From beautiful gardens to iconic attractions, fascinating museums to family-friendly theme parks, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to a family day out in Somerset

Read more
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

There’s nothing more appealing than a row of picture-perfect properties in some of Somerset’s most beautiful locations. Which street is your favourite in the county?

Read more
Monday, August 20, 2018

Steve Roberts steps back in time to see how the Monmouth Rebellion impacted on our county

Read more
Thursday, August 16, 2018

Stephen Roberts explores a Somerset manor house packed with centuries of history

Read more
 
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

subscription ad


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search