Sunday, 29 November 2015

Exeter Bach Society Christmas Oratorio BWV248 Mint Methodist Church Saturday 12 December 2015 Press Release from Avril James, EBS Committee

Johann Sebastian Bach

Exeter Bach Society
Mint Church Fore Street Exeter
Saturday 12 December 7.30pm
Abigail Broughton
Musical Director, Simon Capet
Orchestra Leader: Anna Cockroft
Soloists from the Royal Academy of Music:
Soprano: Abigail Broughton
Tenor: Stefan Kennedy
Bass: Richard Walshe
& former Devonian now based in Stroud
Alto: Juliet Curnow
"Weihnachts-Oratorium" (Christmas Oratorio)
BWV 248 St Thomas & St Nicholas Leipzig 1734
1 The Birth
Juliet Curnow

2 The Annunciation to the Shepherds
3 The Adoration of the Shepherds
4 The Circumcision and Naming of Jesus
5 The Journey of the Magi

6 The Adoration of the Magi

Jordan OConnor: 2 Orchestral Interludes
Cantata BWV 41 Leipzig 1725 - opening chorus:
"Jesu nun sei gepreiset" (Jesus now be praised)
Tickets: £15 (advance £12 child/student 12 price)
Exeter Visitor Info Dix's Field: 01392 665885
Book Online: TicketSource
Details: Bach Society Website

Our concert is now definitely on the horizon - on SATURDAY 12 DECEMBER. The concert includes not just the Oratorio but also newly-commissioned orchestral interludes.

Getting the true spirit of Christmas off to a flying start at 7.30pm on Saturday 12 December at The Mint Church, Exeter will be Exeter Bach Society’s performance of J S Bach’s exciting and moving Christmas Oratorio, sung in its original German.

Choir and orchestra will unite under their Musical Director, Simon Capet, who joined the Society this season on his return to the UK from Canada where he has done much innovative and award-winning musical work, including the production and direction of performing arts films for broadcasting companies.

Three soloists are talented young singers from the Royal Academy of Music: Abigail Broughton (soprano), Stefan Kennedy (tenor) and Richard Walshe (bass), and they will be joined by locally-known mezzo-soprano, Juliet Curnow.

Abigail is a soloist and regular chorus member for the Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series, and in June 2015 she performed under the baton of Masaaki Suzuki, in collaboration with The Juilliard School, on a tour of concerts in Boston, New York, Leipzig and London.

The Society is privileged to welcome the Canadian composer, Jordan O’Connor, whom it has commissioned to write two orchestral interludes that will provide the opportunity for quiet reflection.

Bringing the concert to a rousing conclusion will be the chorus ‘Jesu nun sei gepreiset’ (‘Jesus now be praised’) from Bach’s Cantata 41.

This promises to be a fresh and original evening when baroque and modern will each play their very different roles in creating a true feast of music.

Refreshments will be available.

Tickets (£12 earlybird, £15 on the door; children and full-time students half price) are available from Exeter Tickets, (01392 665885) or online from

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