Concerts

Saturday 23 November 2019, St Mary’s Nottingham, 7.30pm

MOZART Symphony No. 41 in C “Jupiter”“Great” Mass in C minor

Nottingham Bach Choir

Nottingham Bach Players

Rhiannon Llewellyn, soprano

Kirsty Hopkins, soprano

Harry Jacques, tenor

Stephen Cooper, baritone

Peter Siepmann, conductor

Two of Mozart’s greatest works open the Nottingham Bach Choir’s 2019-20 season – the first for the choir’s seventh Director of Music, Peter Siepmann.The ‘Great’ Mass in C minor is one of Mozart’s finest liturgical works but tantalisingly, like the Requiem, was left unfinished.  Lavishly scored for double choir and a large orchestra, the work combines Mozart’s devotion to the Baroque masters with his own inimitable melodic charm, including the sublime ‘Et incarnatus est’, first performed by Mozart’s new wife, Constanze shortly after their marriage in 1783.  The Mass will be interspersed with movements from Mozart’s last (and longest) symphony.  The “Jupiter” (a nickname stemming from its thunderbolt-like opening) is regarded as one of the greatest symphonies in the repertoire, full of mathematical symbolism and contrapuntal mastery.

 

Saturday 14th December 2019, St Peter’s Nottingham, 11.00am

A festive concert as part of the popular ‘Coffee Break’ Concert series at St Peter’s Church.  Nottingham Bach Choir will appear for the first time under the direction of Edward Turner, the choir’s newly appointed accompanist.  Admission is by donation – all welcome!

 

Saturday 28 March 2020, Southwell Minster, 7.30pm

BACH Orchestral Suite No. 3; Cantata No. 182 “Himmelskönig, sei willkommen”;Magnificat in D Nottingham Bach Choir

Nottingham Bach Players

Clare Lloyd-Griffiths, soprano

Martha McLorinen, mezzo-soprano

Matthew Pochin, tenor

Andrew Ashwin, baritone

Peter Siepmann, conductor

In the week that the Church celebrates the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nottingham Bach Choir (along with a stellar line up of soloists) is delighted to return to the inspiring surroundings of Southwell Minster to present a programme of music devoted to this major feast in the Christian calendar.  Bach’s ever-popular and electrifying setting of the Magnificat will be preceded by one of his earliest cantatas, first performed on the Feast of the Annunciation in 1714.  The Nottingham Bach Players will also perform the thrilling Orchestral Suite in D major, with its famous second movement, later adapted to become “Air on a G string”.

 

Saturday 20 June 2020, St Mary’s Nottingham, 3.30pm (note earlier start time)

ELGAR Serenade for Strings BRITTEN Rejoice in the Lamb;

St Nicolas

 Nottingham Bach Choir

Nottingham Bach Players

Edward Turner, organ

Peter Harris, tenor

Peter Siepmann, conductor

Though St Nicolas is today inextricably linked to the traditions of Christmas, the fantastical story of his life is anything but Christmassy, featuring shipwrecks, imprisonment, and even the resurrection of three boys pickled by a evil butcher!  Benjamin Britten’s inspired music vividly paints each of these extraordinary pictures in a wonderful cantata originally written for Lancing College in 1948.  Christopher Smart’s text to ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’ (famously written whilst the author was committed to an asylum) describes the worship of God by all creation – human beings and their musical instruments, flowers, mice, and even “my cat Jeoffrey”.  The programme is completed by Elgar’s delightfully summery Serenade for Strings.  This concert will be held at the earlier time of 3.30pm, with tea and cake served during the interval.

 

2020-2021 Season Concert Dates

Saturday 12 December 2020St Mary’s Nottingham 

Christmas Concert including Bach Christmas Oratorio (Pt I&II)

Saturday 27 March 2021Albert Hall Nottingham 

Mendelssohn  Elijah

Saturday 26 June 2021St Mary’s Nottingham 

Music by Finzi, Holst and Brahms

 

NOTTINGHAM BACH CHOIR
CONCERT SEASON 2018-19

SIR EDWARD ELGAR
THE APOSTLES
Saturday 24th November 2018
St Mary's Church. Lacemarket.

JOHANNES SEBASTIAN BACH
ST MATTHEW PASSION
Saturday 30th March 2019
Southwell Minster

FAREWELL CONCERT
Saturday 22nd June 2019
St Mary's Church, Lacemarket