The ‘Bach in the Dark’ series is just one part of the ‘Bach at St James’ concerts. Launched in 2017, Sydney audiences will now be able to experience a Bach cantata series in a liturgical venue, performed by the Choir of St James’ and BachBand@StJames’.
O HEIL’GES GEIST – UND WASSERBAD (BWV 165) is at 4pm, Sunday June 11
SCHAUET DOCH UND SEHET (BWV 46) is at 4pm, Sunday August 13
ACH, LIEBEN CHRISTEN, SEID GETROST (BWV 114) is at 4pm, Sunday October 8
“BWV 2017” is at 4pm, Sunday December 10. This service will feature a new Cantata for Christmas by J.S. Bach and an Australian composer.
All cantata services are free – you just need to make sure you are seated before the start of the service.
The Choir of St James and the BachBand@St James is presenting the ‘St John Passion’ at the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, on Friday April 7.
The director of music at St James, Warren Trevelyan-James writes “Ever since its first performance in Leipzig on Good Friday, 1724, J.S. Bach’s setting of the “St John Passion” has been a mainstay of the musical calendar in both concert hall and church. It recounts the harrowing last days of Christ and his journey to the cross through dramatic narrative and human reflection.”
Soloists include Richard Butler, Sally-Anne Russell and Christopher Richardson.
The Choir of St James also has a concert series at the church. They are joined by all sorts of musicians – Australian Baroque Brass, The Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne and others. The concerts vary from Tallis to Tavener and Vivaldi to Whitacre – all of the programs are different, and all will be an evening to remember! For more information about each of the concerts you can go here…