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Ten Years with Bach and Haydn

Having completed our Viva Italia! series of concerts (Verdi Requiem, Rossini Petite Messe Solennelle, Montevedi Vespers), and before we start out Wond’rous Machine! series (beginning with Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony, taking in concerts of music from the UK and US, and another of French music, before culminating in a programme of Sir C. Hubert H. Parry’s works, upon the centenary of his death), the choir took the opportunity to reprise the concert they gave almost ten years ago to the day, our first concert with Musical Director Lee Dunleavy.

Mezzo Kitty Whately in Haydn's Agnus Dei

Over these ten years Lee has worked with the choir in concert of music by mainstream composers including Bach (Cantatas, Magnificat, Mass in B minor, St John Passion, St Matthew Passion), Beethoven (Choral Symphony), Britten (A Ceremony of Carols, Saint Nicolas), Duruflé (Requiem), Fauré (Requiem), Handel (Messiah), Haydn (‘Great’ Organ Solo Mass, Nelson Mass, St Nicholas Mass), Monteverdi (Vespers), Mozart (‘Great’ Mass in C minor, Requiem), Orff (Carmina Burana), Poulenc (Gloria), Rachmaninov (Vespers), Rossini (Petite Messe Solennelle), Rutter (Gloria, Magnificat), Vaughan Williams (A Sea Symphony, Five Mystical Songs), Verdi (Requiem). He has also conducted the choir in première performances of a number of major works, not least four choral-orchestral works by David Conte (September Sun), Steve Dobrogosz (My Rose: a Shakespeare Oratorio), Dan Forrest (in paradisum…), and Craig Phillips (Dies gratiæ), and carols by four of his predecessors as Musical Director: John Bertalot, Stephen Cleobury, Simon Johnson, and Michael Nicholas.

Bach Magnificat reached new heights for the Trumpets

The choir have toured both locally and abroad, performing in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Notre Dame in Paris, the Papal Basilica in Rome, and St Mark’s Venice. In addition they have made no fewer than four commercial recordings: Congaudeat! (2010), I was glad! (2012), Be Merry! (2014), and Requiem Reflections (2017).

Haydn's Nelson Mass in Full Flight

Last Saturday’s concert (18 November 2017) was an exact reprise of Lee’s first concert with the choir on 17 November 2007. Beginning with Bach’s Magnificat, and ending with Haydn’s Nelson Mass, with Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in the middle. The Bach Camerata were on superb form, and our soloists – Katherine Crompton (who also sang in the 2007 concert), Kitty Whately, Nathan Vale, Toby Girling, and Rachel Bedford – performed with incredible aplomb. It was a superb way to mark ten incredible years.

We offer grateful thanks to Silvio Sicignano for the use of his superb photographs of the concert.