City of Bath Bach Choir

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City of Bath Bach Choir
Origin Bath, Somerset, England
Founding October 1946 (1946-10)
Members about 100
Music Director Nigel Perrin
Website www.bathbachchoir.org.uk

The City of Bath Bach Choir (CBBC), is based in Bath, Somerset, England, and is a registered charity.[1] Founded in 1946 by Cuthbert Bates, who also became a founding father of the Bath Bach Festival[2][3] in 1950, the choir’s original aim was to promote the music of Johann Sebastian Bach via periodic music festivals. Bates – an amateur musician with a great love and understanding of this composer’s works – was also the CBBC’s principal conductor and continued in this role until his sudden death, in April 1980. This untimely exit pre-empted his planned retirement concert performance of J. S Bach's Mass in B minor,[4][5] scheduled for July of the same year, and effectively ended the first period of the choir's history.

Distinguished Handelian scholar Denys Darlow succeeded Cuthbert Bates as Musical Director in 1980 and remained in the post until 1990. He was followed by Nigel Perrin, who has been conducting the CBBC ever since. Perrin began his musical life as a chorister at Ely Cathedral, then won a choral scholarship to King's College, Cambridge, studying under Sir David Willcocks. Whilst there, he became known as ‘the high voice’ (counter-tenor) of The King's Singers.

The first President of the CBBC was Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams OM. Sir Arthur Bliss CH KCVO KT, then Master of the Queen's Music (Musik), took over as President in 1959, followed in 1975 by Sir David Willcocks CBE MC, the choir's current President.

Nigel Perrin Musical Director City of Bath Bach Choir

Overview[edit]

The CBBC, a member of the Cultural Forum for the Bath area,[6] has an illustrious history and continues to perform demanding and diverse choral works in the UK and overseas. Membership is governed by audition. The choir is widely regarded as one of the leading musical forces in the west of England and continues to perform two major orchestral concerts annually with a lighter concert in the summer. Most take place at Bath Abbey but other regular venues include The Forum, the Michael Tippett Centre and the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon.

Recent performances have included J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor; Mass in Blue by Will Todd, accompanied by the composer; Elis Pehkonen's Russian Requiem,[7] in the composer's presence; and works by Dr Karl Jenkins. The choir's 60th Anniversary Concert, in the Wiltshire Music Centre in 2007, comprised a newly commissioned work by Ed Hughes,[8] called Song for St Cecilia.

The choir regularly tours abroad: Karl Jenkins’ Requiem was performed at Carnegie Hall, New York, in 2008,[9] and concerts have taken place at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres, Paris, and in Hungary, Belgium and Germany. In 2009 the choir was invited to perform in the famous Thomaskirche, where Johann Sebastian Bach was once choirmaster, and the CBBC’s most recent tour, to Aix-en-Provence,[10][11] took place in October 2013.

Today the choir comprises about 100 committed singers from Bath and its environs, drawn from all walks of life, offering them the opportunity to sing challenging works at the very highest level with professional orchestras and soloists – the very proposition Cuthbert Bates made in 1946. The choir maintains an active list of Patrons and Friends who support its musical work in return for a range of related benefits.

The early years 1946–1980[edit]

The CBBC gave its inaugural concert in June 1947 in Bath Abbey,[2] performing J. S. Bach's Mass in B minor. Cuthert Bates chose Alan Bennett, then head of music at Bath Boys School (today Beechen Cliff School), to take on the roles of collaborator, Assistant Musical Director and Assistant Director of the Bath Bach Festivals; the distinguished composer Dr. Ralph Vaughan Williams O.M. was appointed as President. In December 1947 the choir gave its first Carols by Candlelight concert in the historic Grand Pump Room, Bath, at which the choir displayed versatility and musicianship by introducing new carols and arrangements as well as old favourites for audience participation. These annual Christmas concerts continue to this day.

A year after his death, in August 1958, Vaughn Williams was succeeded as President by Sir Arthur Bliss, CH, KCVO, KT, Master of the Queen's Music. Sir Arthur died on 27 March 1975 and was replaced in July 1975 by distinguished choral musician and current President Sir David Willcocks CBE MC, then famous for his work as the Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge, who had recently been appointed Director of the Royal College of Music.

The first Bath Bach Festival, in October 1950, commemorated the bicentenary of the eponymous composer's death and was a great success. A further seven festivals were held at approximately four-year intervals until 1982 but the eighth was a financial disaster and indicated the end of an era. However, in 1995 the Bath Bach Festival tradition was revived by Elizabeth Bates, Cuthbert Bates' daughter, and periodic Bach Festivals continued in Bath under her direction until October 2010. A new mini-Bath Bachfest was initiated in February 2012, sponsored by the Bath Mozartfest[12] Charitable Trust.

In its first 35 years the CBBC gave many performances of Bach's major choral works, including its signature work – the Mass in B minor – as well as the St Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio and numerous cantatas and motets. Other European composers were also represented, since choir policy has always been to explore lesser-known masterpieces in addition to popular choral repertoire. The choir gave one of the first modern performances of the Claudio Monteverdi Vespers of 1610, and other concerts included works by Bononcini, Francesco Cavalli, Antonio Vivaldi, Heinrich Schütz, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gustav Holst, Anton Bruckner and William Walton. In October 1966, they gave one of the first UK performances of the Duruflé Requiem in Bath. Michael Tippett's oratorio A Child of our Time was sung under the composer's baton as a part of the Bath Festival in June 1968. During this period the works of Ralph Vaughan Williams, the CBBC's first President, also featured strongly.

From the beginning, the choir strove to obtain the highest quality professional support from professional orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Boyd Neel Orchestra, though during the 1970s rising costs necessitated a modification of this practice. Similar attention was also given to the selection and engagement of solo singers such as Kathleen Ferrier, Dame Janet Baker, Margaret Cable, Wendy Eathorne, Eric Greene and John Shirley-Quick. Meanwhile, notable conductors included Ralph Vaughan Williams, Josef Krips (who was so impressed by a performance of Haydn's The Creation with the London Symphony Orchestra that he repeated it at the Royal Festival Hall, London), Yehudi Menuhin, Basil Cameron, Reginald Jaques, Nadia Boulanger, Charles Groves, István Kertész and Sir David Willcocks.

Unaccompanied pieces were not neglected. There were frequent recitals and serenade concerts in which a wide field of music was explored from the sixteenth century school to the present day.

The next decade 1980–1990[edit]

The CBBC had planned to appoint Denys Darlow to replace Cuthbert Bates on his retirement. He had played the harpsichord continuo at a number of Bath Bach Festivals in the preceding years, was well-known to the Choir and sympathised with its aims. However, after the latter’s unexpected death and in recognition of Bates's long and distinguished service, Sir David Willcocks conducted the July 1980 performance of Bach's Mass in B minor as a tribute and memorial. Darlow took over thereafter and at the time of his appointment was a senior professor at the Royal College of Music, Director of Music at St George's Church, Hanover Square, London, and had for many years been director of the Tilford Bach Festival[13][14] and London Handel Festival.[15]

The choir spent the next ten years moving forward from the Bach Festival legacy and building on its reputation for exploring works in the choral canon. Stephen Dodgson's Te Deum was performed in October 1982 as a part of the last Bach Festival at which the choir sung. The CBBC continued to perform two major orchestral concerts each year as well as a ‘lighter’ summer concert and three seasonal performances of Carols by Candlelight. In April 1986 the choir gave the first performance of Denys Darlow's own Requiem, dedicated to the City of Bath Bach Choir itself.

From 1988 onwards, summer concerts were moved from Bath Abbey to the Michael Tippett Centre at Bath Spa University. In 1988 and 1989 these were conducted by Marcus Sealy, who joined the CBBC in January 1982 as Accompanist and Deputy Musical Director and remains in that post today. From 1987 to 1989 the carols concerts were conducted by Cuthbert's daughter, Elizabeth and attracted steadily increasing audiences.

Modern era: 1990–Present[edit]

In 8 January 1990 Nigel Perrin took on the role of Director of Music for the CBBC. As one of The King’s Singers,[16] Perrin had sung all over the world with artists such as Kiri Te Kanawa and Sir Cliff Richard. Appointing a singer as Musical Director was a break from tradition but Perrin[17] brought insight into the mechanics and techniques of choral singing and a determination to lead the choir to even higher professional standards. His first concert was the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 in Bath Abbey in April 1990.

The choir continues to explore new and unusual works and notably gave a performance of David Fanshawe's African Sanctus and Diana Burrell’s Benedicam Dominum, a work which enabled Marcus Sealy to demonstrate the magnificent new Klais organ in Bath Abbey. The choir performed Requiem Aeternam by Jonathan Lloyd in the presence of the composer, which necessitated synchronising with a pre-recorded backing track. More recently, performance of two 'cross-over' works by Karl Jenkins - The Armed Man and Requiem - stretched the boundaries of CBBC singers’ experience.

Modernism does not mean that the choir has neglected its roots and it often returns to the music of J. S. Bach. In April 1997 the Choir gave a performance of the Mass in B minor in the Abbey under the baton of the President, Sir David Willcocks, to mark its 50th anniversary celebrations and, more controversially, gave a semi-staged and critically acclaimed performance of the St. John Passion in The Forum, in April 2005, using lighting and moving images.

Over the years the choir has also travelled widely and developed relationships with singers in Bath's twin cities in: Hungary, the Béla Viká Choir; in Braunschweig[10][18] (Brunswick), Germany with the Cathedral Dom Chor; and with Les Bengalis de Liége in Liege, Belgium. Braunschweig was heavily bombed by the allies on the nights of 14 and 15 October 1944, which inflicted substantial damage to the Dom (cathedral), and many lives were lost. In October 2004 the CBBC was invited to join the Dom Chor in a performance of the Benjamin Britten War Requiem in the presence of HM Ambassador to Germany, HE Sir Peter Torry. This concert, at the Dom, was a centrepiece of the city's commemoration and an act of remembrance and reconciliation. In 2009 the choir travelled to perform in Bach's own Church, the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, and in October 2011 they toured to Rome, performing in both La Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone, and The Venerable English College (colloquially referred to as English College, Rome), founded in 1579 by William Allen.

Carols by Candlelight concerts still take place in December each year, and from 2001 - 2012 these included a performance by the choir’s junior section, formed and led by Nigel Perrin and sponsored by the CBBC for more than a decade, ‘to sow a seed for what may be to come in the future’. The City of Bath Bach Junior Choir enabled children from 8–15 years to sing together and learn basic musical techniques and at its height it had some 50 or more singers. In 2008 Simon Carr-Minns took the baton from Perrin, who handed it to Adrienne Hale in 2009, and two years later it passed Jamie Knights. The children, in distinctive purple T-shirts, gave regular charity performances. They helped to raise £4,200 for the Royal United Hospital in Bath and, in 2010, raised money for the 'Afghan Heroes Charity' through their vocals and accompanying video[19] for ‘Forever Young – a Song For Wootton Bassett’, written by Alan Pettifer and commissioned as a tribute to the people of Royal Wootton Bassett for their support of UK Armed Forces repatriation. With numbers dwindling as more and more opportunities for choral work were being offered to local children, the decision was taken to wind up the program and they gave their final performance in 2012. However, an opportunity for talented young musicians is still provided as an interlude during the Carols concerts, principally performed by exceptional music students from Wells Cathedral School.

The CBBC’s biggest recent challenge – supported by the combined forces of Exeter Festival Chorus[20] and The Wellensian Consort[21]– was arguably staging two performances of The Saint John Passion, an exceptionally demanding contemporary piece composed by James MacMillan and sung in his presence.[22][23] Performances took place at Wells Cathedral and then Exeter Cathedral in March 2013, with soloist Mark Stone[24] as Christus, and Alexander Hohenthal leading Southern Sinfonia.[25] A recent baroque performance of the Messiah (Handel),[26] accompanied by Music for Awhile, with Leader Margaret Faultless, went down especially well with the packed audience.[27]

Performance chronology[edit]

Date Composer Work Venue
15 Nov 2014 Marion Wood, Henry Purcell, Jonathan Willcocks, Eric Whitacre, Howard Goodall, Leonard Bernstein, Vaughan Williams Futility, Funeral Sentences, From Darkness to Light, When David heard, Lacrymosa: Do not stand at my grave and weep, from Eternal Light : A Requiem, Chichester Psalms, O clap your hands. Supported by Wells Cathedral School Brass Percussion Ensemble, Kate Pearson - Harp and Marcus Sealy Organ, Daniel Robson and Lydia Ward Bath Abbey
5 Jul 2014 A Night at The Opera - Verdi, Bizet, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Mozart, Weber, Strauss, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Verdi Anvil Chorus (Il Trovatore 1853); Gerusalem (I Lombardi 1843); Brindisi (La Traviata1853); Toreador (Carmen 1874); O mio babbino caro Gianni Schicchi 1918 - Verity Wingate; Au fond du temple saint, Les Pecheurs de Perles 1863 – Kieran White & Robert Clark; Chorus of peasant girls (Eugene Onegin 1878); Waltz scene (Eugene Onegin 1878); Villagers' Chorus (Guillaume Tell 1829); La ci darem la mano - (Don Giovanni 1787) (Verity Wingate & Robert Clark); Arie des Ferrando (Cosi fan tutte 1790) – Kieran White; Huntsman's chorus (Der Freischutz 1821); Victoria, Victoria! (Der Freischutz 1821); Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen (Ariadne auf Naxos 1916) – Robert Clark; Medley from The Phantom of the Opera 1986; Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco 1841) Roper Theatre, Hayesfield Girls' School, Bath
22 Mar 2014 Handel Messiah (Handel). Baroque Performance with Music for Awhile - Leader Margaret Faultless Bath Abbey
18/20 Dec 2013 Various Carols by Candlelight – 67th Season Pump Room, Bath
16 Nov 2013 J.S. Bach, Bruckner, Britten Jesu, meine Freude; Mass in E minor; Messa Brevis. Southern Sinfonia Wind Ensemble Bath Abbey
27 Oct 2013 Bruckner, Knut Nystedt, Mozart, George Dyson (composer) Mass. Entrée de l'Office - Locus iste. Offertoire - Laudate Dominum. Communion - Ave verum corpus. Sortie de la Messe Confortare Aix Cathedral Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur, Aix en Provence
26 Oct 2013 George Dyson, William H Harris, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, Healey Willan, J. S. Bach, Gabriel Faure, Wolfgang Mozart, J. S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, John Ireland, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Anton Bruckner Four Anthems sung at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – 1953: Confortare - Be strong and of a good courage, Let my prayer come up into thy presence, Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, O Lord, our Governour. Jesu, meine Freude: Jesu, meine Freude, Es ist nun nichts, Unter deinem Schirmen, Trotz dem alten Drachen, Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich, Weicht, ihr trauergeister. Entente Cordiale - Sung with Aix Chorale Darius Milhaud Choir Conductor - Patrick Rinaldi: Cantique de Jean Racine, Ave verum corpus, Jesus bleibet meine Freude. Organ Interlude Marcus Sealy Cavatina Toccata in D minor. John Ireland Gaston Bélier. Choral Dances from Gloriana (less nos 4 and 5). A Garland for the Queen: The Hills, Silence and Music. Mass in E minor: Gloria Aix Cathedral Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur, Aix en Provence
22 Jun 2013 A Garland for The Queen - Various The Triumphs of Oriana 1601: John Bennett: All creatures now are merry-minded; Robert Jones: Fair Orianna seeking to wink at folly; Thomas Weelkes: As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending; Thomas Morley: Hard by a crystal fountain. Music from the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, 2 June 1953: Herbert Howells: Behold O God Our Defender; William Harris: Let my prayer come up into Thy presence; SS Wesley: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace; George Dyson: Confortare: Be strong and of good courage; Healy Willan: O Lord Our Governor In Benjamin Britten’s centenary year: Choral Dances from Gloriana Op 53; The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard; Old Joe has gone fishing from Peter Grimes Op 33; Selections from Friday Afternoon Op 7 A Garland for the Queen 1953: Bliss: Aubade for a Coronation Morning; Bax: What is it like to be young and fair?; Vaughan Williams: Silence and Music; Ireland: The Hills; Tippett: Dance, Clarion Air Roper Theatre, Hayesfield Girls' School, Bath
23 Mar 2013 James MacMillan St. John Passion – Christus Mark Stone: City of Bath Bach Choir, Exeter Festival Chorus, Wellensian Consort, Southern Sinfonia, Leader Alexander Hohenthal Exeter Cathedral
16 Mar 2013 James MacMillan St. John Passion – Christus Mark Stone: City of Bath Bach Choir, Exeter Festival Chorus, Wellensian Consort, Southern Sinfonia, Leader Alexander Hohenthal. In the presence of the composer James MacMillan Wells Cathedral
19/21 Dec 2012 Various Carols by Candlelight – 66th Season. Soloists: Molly Sharples Harp; Joseph Pritchard Cello; Verity Wingate Soprano Pump Room, Bath
3 Nov 2012 J.S. Bach, Aaron Copland, Britten Komm, Jesu, komm; In the Beginning; St Nicolas Bath Abbey
23 Jul 2012 Chilcott, Elgar, Eric Whitacre, Dove Aesop's Fables; From the Bavarian Highlands, Three Flower Songs; The Passing of the Year Wiltshire Music Centre
17 Mar 2012 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
14/16 Dec 2011 Various Carols by Candlelight – 65th Season Pump Room, Bath
5 Nov 2011 Howard Goodall, Whitacre, Górecki, Part, Tavener, Peters Eternal Light: A Requiem; Lux Aurumque; Totus Tuus; Beatitudes; Svyati; Toccata, Fugue et Hymne sur 'Ave Maris Stella' Bath Abbey
23 Oct 2011 Knut Nystedt, Bruckner, Rossini Laudate Domninum; Locus iste, Quando Corpus The Venerable English College, Rome
22 Oct 2011 Nystedt, Górecki, Ellington, Mozart, Bruckner, Rossini, Eric Whitaker, Monteverdi, Tippett, Laudate Domninum; Totus Tuus Op 60; Come Sunday (arr John Høybye); Ave Verum Corpus; Locus iste; Quando Corpus, Lux Aurumque, Cantate Donini, Five Negro Spirituals (from Child of our Time) La Chiesa di Sant'Agnese in Agone, Rome
16 Jul 2011 Tippett, Dahl, Ellington Five Negro Spirituals (from Child of our Time); Songs by Roald Dahl (performed by The CBBC Junior Choir with Jamie Knights, Piano, Adrienne Hale Conducting); Pacific Song (with Marcus Sealy, Piano); Sacred Concert (Andy Williamson – saxes, Pete Judge – trumpet, Robin Holloway – piano, Al Swainger – double bass, Andy Hague – drums) Wiltshire Music Centre
19 Mar 2011 Mendelssohn Elijah Bath Abbey
15/17 Dec 2010 Various Carols by Candlelight – 64th Season Pump Room, Bath
6 Nov 2010 Monteverdi, Chilcott Hymns and Psalms; Salisbury Vespers. Performed with Bath Camerata Bath Abbey
3 Jul 2010 Brahms, Horovitz Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45; Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo (performed by The CBBC Junior Choir with support from the Senior Choir) Malmesbury Abbey
19 Jun 2010 Brahms, Horovitz Ein deutsches Requiem Op. 45; Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo (performed by The CBBC Junior Choir with support from the Senior Choir)[28] Wiltshire Music Centre
27 Mar 2010 Monteverdi; Rossini; J. S. Bach Beatus Vir; Stabat Mater; Cantata BWV 182 Himmelskönig, sei willkommen Bath Abbey
Nigel Perrin's 20th Anniversary Concert[29]
16/18 Dec 2009 Various Carols by Candlelight – 63rd Season Pump Room, Bath
7 Nov 2009 J. S. Bach, Britten, Bruckner Lobet den Herrn; Jesu meine Freude; Rejoice in the Lamb; Tota pulchra es; Ecce sacrados; Afferentur regi; Inveni David Bath Abbey
24 Oct 2009 J. S. Bach, Britten, Bruckner Lobet den Herrn; Rejoice in the Lamb; Locus iste; Ave Maria; Tota Pulchra Est Thomaskirche, Leipzig
4 Jul 2009 Will Todd Mass in Blue Wiltshire Music Centre
28 Mar 2009 Handel; Karl Jenkins Messiah (Handel) Part II; Stabat Mater Bath Abbey
17/19 Dec 2008 Various Carols by Candlelight – 62nd Season Pump Room, Bath
1 Nov 2008 Pehkonen, Hughes, Vivaldi Russian Requiem. A Song for St. Cecilia. Gloria (RV589) Bath Abbey
12 July 2008 Vaughan Williams An Evening with Ralph Vaughan Williams and Friends. Works by Wood, Parry, Stanford, Holst, Bruch, Ravel, Finzi and Vaughan Williams to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Vaughan Williams's death Wiltshire Music Centre
15 Mar 2008 Duruflé Requiem and works by Fauré, Messiaen, Poulenc Vierne and Hakim. Bath Abbey
21 Jan 2008 Karl Jenkins Requiem – New York City Premier Carnegie Hall, New York City United States
19/20/21 Dec 2007 Various Carols by Candlelight – 61st Season Pump Room, Bath
3 Nov 2007 J. S. Bach, Rossini As a part of Nigel Perrin's Gala Concert. Lobet den Herrn. Peiite Messe Solonelle The Forum, Bath
14 Jul 2007 Hughes, Rutter, Purcell Song for St. Cecilia (Commission – First Performance). Birthday Madrigals. Birthday Ode for Queen Mary Come Ye Sons of Art Wiltshire Music Centre
2007 60th Anniversary Concert
31 Mar 2007 Mozart, Beethoven ‘Great’ Mass in C Minor K427. Christus am Ölberge Op 85 The Forum, Bath
13/14/15 Dec 2006 Various Carols by Candlelight – 60th Season Pump Room, Bath
28 Oct 2006 Karl Jenkins, Haydn Requiem. Nelson Mass Bath Abbey
8 Jul 2006 Vaughan Williams, George Shearing and others Sonnets & Songs with a Shakespearean flavour Wiltshire Music Centre
1 Apr 2006 J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion (Neil Jenkins edition) The Forum, Bath
Dec 2005 Various Carols by Candlelight – 59th Season Pump Room, Bath
Nov 2005 Karl Jenkins, Rutter An Armed Man – A Mass for Peace. Requiem The Forum, Bath
Jul 2005 Various The Grand Tour a musical travelogue Wiltshire Music Centre
19 Mar 2005 J. S. Bach Semi-staged St John Passion (Neil Jenkins Edition) The Forum, Bath
14/15/16/17 Dec 2004 Various Carols by Candlelight – 58th Season Pump Room, Bath
14 & 30 Oct 2004 Britten A War Requiem (with Braunschweiger Domchor, Bath Choral Society and the boys of Bristol Cathedral choir.) Brunswick Cathedral & Colston Hall, Bristol
Jul 2004 Ramírez, Jean Berger, Chilcott Songs from the Southern Hemisphere. Missa Criolla. Psalmo Brasileiro. The Making of the Drum Tippett Centre
7 Mar 2004 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
16/17/18/19 Dec 2003 Various Carols by Candlelight – 57th Season Pump Room, Bath
1 Nov 2003 Handel, Handel, Vivaldi Ode to St. Cecilia. Silente Venti. Gloria (RV 589) Casella ed. The Forum, Bath
12 Jul 2003 Sullivan West End! A programme including excerpts from Les Misérables and a performance of Trial by Jury Wiltshire Music Centre
22 Mar 2003 Lloyd, Rossini Requiem Aeternam (second performance in the presence of the composer). Petite Messe Solonnelle Bath Abbey
Dec 2002 Various Carols by Candlelight – 56th Season Pump Room, Bath
30 Nov 2002 Haydn, Britten, Tavener Missa Sancti Nicolai, Saint Nicholas, God is with us Wells Cathedral
Jul 2002 Orff Carmina Burana and other works Assembly Rooms
6 Apr 2002 Elgar The Dream of Gerontius. Second performance on 10 Apr 02 in collaboration with the Exeter Festival Chorus Forum & Exeter Cathedral
Dec 2001 Various Carols by Candlelight – 55th Season Pump Room Pump Room, Bath
10 Nov 2001 Haydn Paukenmesse Bath Abbey
Jul 2001 Various In the Mood – music on the lighter side. Including Stanford: Songs of the Fleet and Flanders and Horrowitz: Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo Michael Tippett Centre
7 Apr 2001 J.S.Bach St. Matthew Passion (Neil Jenkins Edition) Bath Abbey
Dec 2000 Various Carols by Candlelight – 54th Season Pump Room, Bath
11 Nov 2000 Brahms As a part of the Bath Mozartfest. Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45 The Forum, Bath c. Martyn Brabbins
26 Oct 2000 Various, Brahms Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen and other pieces St. Salvator's Cathedral, Bruges
15 Jul 2000 Various A Night at the Opera (with the Béla Vikár Choir from Kaposvár, Hungary) Assembly Rooms
8 Apr 2000 Walton, Puccini Belshazzar's Feast. Messa di Gloria. (with Bath Choral Society) The Forum, Bath
15/16/17 Dec 1999 Various Carols by Candlelight – 53rd Season Pump Room, Bath
6 Nov 1999 Mozart As a part of the Bath Mozartfest. Requiem (Duncan Druce Edition) Bath Abbey
07/09 Oct 1999 Mozart, Handel Mass in C K317. Coronation Anthems Reformed Templon, Kaposvár, and Pasarét Templon, Budapest (Pasaréti téri templom)
3 Jul 1999 Rutter, Elgar, Kodály Gloria. Give Unto the Lord. Missa Brevis Clifton Cathedral, Bristol
27 Mar 1999 Walton, Elgar, Poulenc Crown Imperial. The Music Makers. Gloria The Forum, Bath
16/17/18 Dec 1998 Various Carols by Candlelight – 52nd Season Pump Room, Bath
15 Nov 1998 Mozart As a part of the Bath Mozartfest. Dominican Vespers The Forum, Bath
4 Jul 1998 Burrell, Dvořák, Britten, Bernstein Benedicam Dominum, Mass in D, Rejoice in the Lamb. Chichester Psalms Bath Abbey
Apr 1998 Verdi Requiem The Forum, Bath
Dec 1997 Various Carols by Candlelight – 51st Season Pump Room, Bath
Nov 1997 Mozart As a part of the Bath Mozartfest. Misericordias Dominum. Solemn Vespers The Forum, Bath
Jul 1997 Handel Acis and Galatea Bath Assembly Rooms
26 Apr 1997 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey c. Sir David Willcocks
24 Apr 1997 Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 Bath Abbey
1997 The Choir's 50th Anniversary Year
18/19/20 Dec 1996 Various Carols by Candlelight – 50th Season Pump Room, Bath
Nov 1996 Mozart As a part of the Bath Mozartfest. Coronation Mass The Forum, Bath
Jul 1996 Fanshawe African Sanctus The Forum, Bath
Apr 1996 Rossini, Mozart Stabat Mater. Coronation Mass The Forum, Bath
Dec 1995 Various Carols by Candlelight – 49th Season Pump Room, Bath
Nov 1995 Mozart As a part of the Bath Mozartfest. Requiem, Ave Verum Corpus The Forum, Bath
Jul 1995 Berlioz Grande Messe des Morts (with other NFMS Societies) Imperial College, London
Apr 1995 Mendelssohn Elijah The Forum, Bath
Dec 1994 Various Carols by Candlelight – 48th Season Pump Room, Bath
12 Nov 1994 Fauré, Pärt Requiem. Stabat Mater (Collection of £750 taken for the Estonian Ferry Disaster) Bath Abbey
9 Jul 1994 Various A night at the Opera Bath Assembly Rooms
26 Mar 1994 J. S. Bach St. John Passion Bath Abbey
15/16/17 Dec 1993 Various Carols by Candlelight – 47th Season Pump Room, Bath
13 Nov 1993 J. S. Bach, Britten Wachet Auf. St. Nicholas Bath Abbey
3 Jul 1993 Gershwin, Unknown, Tippett Porgy and Bess. Missa Luba. Negro Spirituals Bath Assembly Rooms
17 Apr 1993 Haydn Creation Bath Abbey
16/17/18 Dec 1992 Various Carols by Canbdlelight – 46th Season Pump Room, Bath
14 Nov 1992 Rossini Petite messe solennelle Bath Abbey
11 Jul 1992 Carl Orff, Lambert Carmina Burana, Rio Grande Bath Assembly Rooms
11 Apr 1992 J. S. Bach, Antonín Tučapský Magnificat. Stabat Mater (in presence of composer) Bath Abbey
18/19.20 Dec 1991 Various Carols by Candlelight – 45th Season Pump Room, Bath
9 Nov 1991 Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Mozart Magnificat. Gloria RV 589. Slemn Vespers Bath Abbey
28 Aug 1991 Schubert, Schumann, Hassler, Fauré, Purcell, Purcell Der Tanz. Somerleid. Tanzen und Springen. Cantique de Jean Racine. Come Ye Sons of Art. Birthday Ode for Queen Mary 1694 Braunschweiger Dom with the Apollo Ensemble
27 Aug 1991 Handel, Handel, Ireland, Handel The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. Zadok the Priest. Concerto Pastorale for Strings. The King Shall rejoice Braunschweiger Dom with the Apollo Ensemble
6 Jul 1991 Vaughan Williams, Purcell Oxford Elegy. Come Ye Sons of Art Bath Assembly Rooms
13 Apr 1991 J. S. Bach, Mendelssohn Komm Jesus, Komm. Hymn of Praise Bath Abbey
19/20/21 Dec 1990 Various Carols by Candlelight – 44th Season Pump Room c Nigel Perrin and Elizabeth Bates
10 Nov 1990 Handel Coronation Anthems. Organ Concertos Bath Abbey
7 Jul 1990 Vaughan Williams, Fauré, Horovitz Shakespeare Songs. Cantique de Jean Racine. Captain Noah Michael Tippett Centre
21 Apr 1990 Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 Bath Abbey
March 1990 Nigel Perrin Appointed as Director of Music
20/21/22 Dec 1989 Various Carols by Candlelight – 43rd Season Pump Room c. Elizabeth Bates
4 Nov 1989 Haydn Te Deum and Mass Bath Abbey
8 Jul 1989 Stanford Songs of the Fleet, The Revenge Michael Tippett Centrec. Marcus Sealy
29 Apr 1989 Handel Israel in Egypt Bath Abbey
14/15/16 Dec 1988 Various Carols by Candlelight – 42nd Season Pump Room, Bath c. Elizabeth Bates
12 Nov 1988 Vaughan Williams, Herbert Howells Sea Symphony, Piano Concerto Bath Abbey
9 Jul 1988 Elgar, Coleridge-Taylor Bavarian Highlands. Hiawatha's Wedding Feast. Victorian Songs Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University c. Marcus Sealy.
23 Apr 1988 Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Hubert Parry Introduction and Allegro. Donna nobis pacem. Invocation to Music Bath Abbey
Dec 1987 Various Carols by Candlelight – 41st Season Pump Room, Bath c. Elizabeth Bates
14 Nov 1987 J. S. Bach Christmas Oratorio Bath Abbey
27 Jun 1987 Duruflé, Poulenc Requiem. Litanies a la Vierge Noire Bath Abbey (Organ only)
28 Mar 1987 J. S. Bach Mass in A Major. Mass in G Minor. Double Violin Concerto Bath Abbey
17/18/20 Dec 1986 Various Carols by Candlelight – 40th Season Pump Room, Bath c.Joyce Honor
15 Nov 1986 Beethoven, Howells Symphony No 3 in E Flat Op 55 (Eroica). Stabat Mater Bath Abbey
28 Jun 1986 J. S. Bach, Kodály, Mozart Prelude & Fugue in C BWV547. Missa Brevis. Solemn Vespers Bath Abbey
19 Apr 1986 Mozart, Darlow Missa Brevis in C (K258), Requiem (World Premier) Bath Abbey
18/19/20 Dec 1985 Various Carols by Candlelight – 39th Season Pump Room, Bath
9 Nov 1985 Handel Alexander's Feast Bath Abbey
27 Jul 1985 Handel, Elgar The Ways of Zion do Mourn, Coronation Ode Bath Abbey
16 Mar 1985 J. S. Bach St. Matthew Passion Bath Abbey
19/20/21 Dec 1984 Various Carols by Candlelight – 38th Season Pump Room, Bath
10 Nov 1984 Elgar The Dream of Gerontius Bath Abbey
31 Jul 1984 Fauré, Honegger Requiem. King David (Narrator: Richard Stilgoe) Bath Abbey
31 Mar 1984 Brahms, Mozart A German Requiem. Symphony No 34 in C Minor Bath Abbey
21/22/23 Dec 1983 Various Carols by Candlelight – 37th Season Pump Room, Bath
12 Nov 1983 J. S. Bach Christmas Oratorio Bath Abbey
23 Jul 1983 Elgar, Britten, Schubert, Kelly Psalm 48 Great is the Lord, Psalm 29 Give unto the Lord, Missa Brevis. Salve Regina. Exultate. Surrexit Hodie Bath Abbey(Organ Only)
30 Apr 1983 Mozart, Haydn, S. S. Wesley, Bairstow, Dupré, Britten Te Deum KV 141. Motet: In Sanae et Vanae Curiae. Psalm 96:115 Ascribe unto the Lord. Blessed City, Heavenly Salem. Cortège et Litanie. Hymn to St. Cecilia St. Mary's Bathwick c. Marcus Sealy
12 Mar 1983 Mozart, Schubert Requiem KV 626, Mass in E Flat Minor D950 Bath Abbey
21/22/23 Dec 1982 Various Carols by Candlelight – 36th Season Pump Room, Bath
23 Oct 1982 J. S. Bach, Stephen Dodgson Magnificat. Suite No 4 in D. Te Deum (World Premier) Bath Abbey
19 Oct 1982 J. S. Bach Cantata No 215 Preise dein Glucke. Suite No 3 in D. Cantata No 206 Schleicht, spielende Wellen Bath Abbey
16 Oct 1982 J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion Bath Abbey
16–23 October 1982 As a part of the 8th Bath Bach Festival (Stephen Dodgson was composer in residence)
20 Mar 1982 Beethoven Missa Solemnis in D Bath Abbey
January 1982 Marcus Sealy joins the Choir in succession to Richard Bates as accompanist, Deputy Director and continuo player
15/16/17 Dec 1981 Various Carols by Candlelight – 35th Season Pump Room, Bath
24 Oct 1981 Berlioz, Saint-Saëns Music for Praise and Reflection, Te Deum, Requiem Bath Abbey
28 Mar 1981 Elgar The Dream of Gerontius Bath Abbey
31 Jan 1981 Bruckner, Mozart Mass in E Minor, 2 Orchestral Pieces Bath Abbey
15/16/17 Dec 1980 Various Carols by Candlelight – 34th Season Banqueting Room, Guildhall, Bath
12 Jul 1980 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey c. Sir David Willcocks Under Denys Darlow as the Choir's Director of Music
20 Mar 1980 Beethoven Missa Solemnis Mass in D Bath Abbey c Denys Darlow
18 Jun 1980 Tallis, William Byrd, Brahms, Sir William Henry Harris Lamentations. Laudibus in Sanctis. Thy servant is downcast. Bring us, O Lord God Chapel of Our Lady of the Snows, Prior Park College c. R Bates and E Bates
17 May 1980 Fauré, Mozart, Haydn Requiem, Symphony no 32 in G Major K 318, Harmonie-Messe Bath Abbey
19 April 1980 The Choir's founder, Cuthbert Bates, died unexpectedly. His son and daughter, Richard and Elizabeth Bates, organised a memorial concert for him on 18 June, and the Choir dedicated the concert on 12 July 1990 (which was to have been Cuthbert's last concert as conductor) to his memory. The conductor was the Choir's President, Sir David Willcocks.
18/19/20 Dec 1979 Various Carols by Candlelight – 33rd Season Pump Room, Bath
20 Oct 1979 Bononcini, Handel, Handel, Vivaldi Stabat Mater. Let God Arise! Dixit Dominus. Gloria RV 589 Bath Abbey
30 Jun 1979 Verdi Requiem Bath Abbey
29 Apr 1979 Palestrina, Byrd, Bousignac, Duruflé, Vaughan Williams Assumpta est Maria. Christe quit Lux es et Dies. Jubilate Deo. Ubi Caritas. Mass in G minor Chapel of Our Lady of the Snows, Prior Park College
19/20/21 Dec 1978 Various Carols by Candlelight – 32nd Season Pump Room, Bath
14 Oct 1978 Haydn, Brahms Paukenmesse. A German Requiem Bath Abbey
24 June 1978 J. S. Bach, W. F. Bach, J. S. Bach, J. C. Bach, C. P. E. Bach Bach Family Concert. Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79. Overture in D Minor. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80. Symphony in G Minor. Magnificat Bath Abbey
17 June 1978 J. S. Bach, W. F. Bach, J. S. Bach, J. C. Bach, C. P. E. Bach Bach Family Concert. Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild, BWV 79. Overture in D Minor. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80. Symphony in G Minor. Magnificat Dorchester Abbey
20/21/22 Dec 1977 Various Carols by Candlelight 31st Season Pump Room, Bath
22 Oct 1977 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
20 Oct 1977 J. S. Bach St. John Passion Bath Abbey
18 Oct 1977 J. S. Bach Jesu, nun sei gepreiset, BWV 41. Mass in F major. ‘Dies sind die heiligen zehn Gebot’ Bath Abbey
15 Oct 1977 J. S. Bach St. Matthew Passion Bath Abbey
15–22 October 1977 As a part of the 7th Bath Bach Festival
19 Mar 1977 Vaughan Williams, Charpentier, Handel, Purcell Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis. Mass for double choir. Organ concerto in F major Op 4 No 4. Coronation Anthem ‘My heart is indicting’ Bath Abbey
The Queen's Silver Jubilee Concert
30 January 1977 Allan Bennett, Hon. Accompanist and Deputy Conductor of the Choir died. He was succeeded in post by Richard Bates.
21/22/23 Dec 1976 Various Carols by Candlelight – 30th Season Pump Room, Bath
9 Oct 1976 Mozart, Bruckner Symphony No 40 in G minor K550. Mass in F Minor Bath Abbey
3 Jul 1976 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Oxford Town Hall
20 Mar 1976 Schütz, Handel, Duruflé Psalm 150 ‘Lobet den Herren’. Chandos Anthem No 6. Requiem Bath Abbey
The Choir gave 3 Concerts in 1976 to celebrate its 30th Anniversary
17/18/19 Dec 1975 Various Carols by Candlelight −29th Season Pump Room, Bath
5 Nov 1975 Handel Messiah (Handel) Bath Assembly Rooms c Allan Bennett
19 Jul 1975 R. Vaughan Williams Benedicte. Serenade to Music. A Sea Symphony Bath Abbey
27 Mar 1975 Sir Arthur Bliss died and was superseded as Choir President by Sir David Willcocks KCB CBE MC
18/19/20 Dec 1974 Various Carols by Candlelight – 28th Season Pump Room, Bath
26 Oct 1974 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
24 Oct 1974 J. S. Bach St. John Passion Bath Abbey
22 Oct 1974 J. S. Bach Cantata No 106. Brandenburg Concerto No 6. Cantata No 6. Magnificat in D Bath Abbey
19 Oct 1974 J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion Bath Abbey
19–26 October 1974 As a part of the 6th Bath Bach Festival
18 May 1974 W. A. Mozart Symphony No 41 in C (KV551) Jupiter Symphony. Mass in C Minor (KV427) Bath Abbey
19/20/21 Dec 1973 Various Carols by Candlelight – 27th Season Pump Room, Bath
23 Jun 1973 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
13/14/15 Dec 1972 Various Carols by Candlelight – 26th Season Pump Room, Bath
21 Oct 1972 Schütz, Gabrielli, Buxtehude, Cavalli Der 136 Psalm. Three instrumental canzonas: Sonata 13 (1615), Canzone for 2 choirs (1597), Canzone for 3 choirs (1615). Heut Triumphieret Gottes Sohn from Orgelbüchlein. Messa Concertata Bath Abbey
25 Mar 1972 J. S. Bach St John Passion Bath Abbey
15/16/17 Dec 1971 Various Carols by Candlelight −25th Season Pump Room, Bath
16 Oct 1971 Geminiani, J. S. Bach, Delalande, Handel Concerto Grosso in E minor, Mass in F, De Profundis, Chandos Anthem No 11a ‘Let God Arise’ [Played and sung from manuscript copies by kind courtesy of David Willcocks Esq. First performance in Bath.] Bath Abbey
2 Jun 1971 Berkeley, Stravinsky, Michael Rose, Herbert Howells, Monteverdi, A. Gabrieli, Byrd, J. S. Bach, Vaughan Williams, Michael Tippett Missa Brevis. Ave Maria. Sing to the Lord a joyful song. Master Tallis' Testament. Ave Maris Stella from Vespers of 1610. Magnificat for 3 choirs. Vigilante. Contrapuncti 1. 12 & 18 from the Art of Fugue. O Vos Omnes. Festival Te Deum. Plebs Angelica Bath Abbey
15/16/17 Dec 1970 Various Carols by Candlelight – 24th Season Pump Room, Bath
11 June 1970 Various Music for voices and organ St Stephen's Church
16/17/18 Dec 1969 Various Carols by Candlelight – 23rd Season Pump Room, Bath
25 Oct 1969 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
21 Oct 1969 J. S. Bach Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31, Komm Jesu Komm, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21 Pump Room, Bath c. Philip Ledger
18 Oct 1969 J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion Bath Abbey
18 – 25 October 1969 As a part of the 5th Bath Bach Festival
17/18/19 Dec 1968 Various Carols by Candlelight- 22nd Season Pump Room, Bath
12 Oct 1968 Haydn The Creation Bath Abbey
5 Sep 1968 J. Brahms, J. S. Bach Ein Deutsches Requiem. Magnificat (Bach) in D Minor BWV 243 Stadthalle, Braunschweig
3 Sep 1968 Various Selection of Unaccompanied Music Goslar
21 July 1968 Various Recital of unaccompanied Music Prior Park Chapel
26 June 1968 Tippett A Child of Our Time Wells Cathedral c. Sir Michael Tippett OM CH CBE
19/20/21 Dec 1967 Various Carols by Candlelight – 21st Season Pump Room, Bath
9 July 1967 Various Serenade Concert Prior Park Chapel
1 July 1967 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
20/21/22 Dec 1966 Various Carols by Candlelight – 20th Season Pump Room, Bath
22 Oct 1966 Handel, Duruflé Dixit Dominus. Requiem Bath Abbey
3 July 1966 Various Unaccompanied Serenade Concert Pump Room, Bath
21/22/23 Dec 1965 Various Carols by Candlelight – 19th Season Pump Room, Bath
30 Oct 1965 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
28 Oct 1965 J. S. Bach St. John Passion Bath Abbey
26 Oct 1965 J. S. Bach Cantata No 65. Brandenburg Concerto No 2. Motet for double choir "Sing Ye to the Lord". Cantata No 50. Bath Abbey
23 Oct 1965 J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion Bath Abbey
23–30 October 1965 As a part of the 4th Bath Bach Festival
19 June 1965 Haydn Nelson Mass (Bath Festival) Bath Abbey c István Kertész
15/16/17 Dec 1964 Various Carols by Candlelight – 18th Season Pump Room, Bath
22 Oct 1964 J. S. Bach St. John Passion Bath Abbey
13 Jun 1964 Mozart Requiem Bath Abbey
17/18/19 Dec 1963 Various Carols by Candlelight – 17th Season Pump Room, Bath
19 Oct 1963 J. S. Bach St. John Passion Bath Abbey
15 Jun 1963 Monteverdi, J. S. Bach Vespers of 1610. Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot, BWV 39 (c Yehudi Menuhin) Bath Abbey
18/19/20 Dec 1962 Various Carols by Candlelight – 16th Season Pump Room, Bath
3 Nov 1962 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
26 May 1962 J. S. Bach, Vaughan Williams Sleepers Wake BWV 140. A Sea Symphony Bath Abbey
19/20/21 Dec 1961 Various Carols by Candlelight – 15th Season Pump Room, Bath
21 Oct 1961 Holst, Brahms Hymn to Jesus. A German Requiem Bath Abbey
9 Jun 1961 Fauré Requiem Bath Abbey c. Nadia Boulanger
20/21/22 Dec 1960 Various Carols by Candlelight – 14th Season Pump Room, Bath
29 Oct 1960 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
27 Oct 1960 J. S. Bach Motet 'Be not afraid', Cantata No 4. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049. Magnificat (Bach) in D major, BWV 243 Bath Abbey
25 Oct 1960 J. S. Bach St John Passion Bath Abbey
22 Oct 1960 J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion Bath Abbey
22nd – 29 October 1960 As a part of the 3rd Bath Bach Festival
29 May 1960 J. S. Bach and others A programme of Anthems, Madrigals and Motets given as a part of the Bath Festival (d. Yehudi Menuhin) The Roman Baths (Bath)
15/16/17 Dec 1959 Various Carols by Candlelight – 13th Season Pump Room, Bath
August 1959 Sir Arthur Bliss CH, KVCO, Master of the Queen's Musick, is appointed Choir President
28 Feb 1959 J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion Bath Abbey
16/17/18 Dec 1958 Various Carols by Candlelight −12th Season Pump Room, Bath
August 1958 Dr. Ralph Vaughan Williams, the Choir's President dies
7 Jun 1958 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor (Bath Festival) Bath Abbey
18/19 Dec 1957 Various Carols by Candlelight – 11th Season Pump Room, Bath
6 Dec 1957 J. S. Bach Christmas Oratorio Bath Abbey
1 Jun 57 Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis. The Hundredth Psalm (c. R. Vaughan Williams). The Voice out of the Whirlwind. Sancta Vivitas. Bendedicte Bath Abbey
1 June 1957 Ralph Vaughan Williams Festival Concert
19/20 Dec 1956 Various Carols by Candlelight – 10th Season Pump Room, Bath
Autumn 1956 Tallis, Palestrina, Bousignac, Vaughan Williams Motet in 40 parts Spem in alium. Gloria in excelsis Deo. Jubilate Deo. The Voice out of the Whirlwind Bath Abbey
26 May 1956 Beethoven Mass in D Bath Abbey c. Allan Bennett
19 Jan 1956 Haydn Creation Royal Festival Hall, London c. Josef Krips
19/20 Dec 1955 Various Carols by Candlelight – 9th Season Pump Room, Bath
7 July 1955 Various Mass in G Minor VW Bath Abbey c. Allan Bennett
14 May 1955 J. Haydn

The Creation

Bath Abbey c. Josef Krips
20/21 Dec 1954 Various Carols by Candlelight – 8th Season Pump Room, Bath c. Allan Bennett
16 Oct 1954 J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion Bath Abbey
14 Oct 1954 J. S. Bach Cantata No 80 Ein’ feste Burg. Motet Sing ye to the Lord. Magnificat Bath Abbey
12 Oct 1954 J. S. Bach St. John Passion Bath Abbey
9 Oct 1954 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
9–16 October 1954 As a part of the 2nd Bath Bach Festival
26 May 1954 Mozart Beethoven Requiem Symphony no 7 in A major The Forum, Bath
21/22Dec 1953 Various Carols by Candlelight – 7th Season Pump Room, Bath
23 May 1953 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
17/24 May 1953 Various Unaccompanied Serenade Concert Pump Room, Bath
17/18 Dec 1952 Various Carols by Candlelight – 6th Season Pump Room, Bath
24 May 1952 J. Brahms A German Requiem Bath Abbey
18/19 Dec 1951 Various Carols by Candlelight – 5th Season Pump Room, Bath
8 Dec 1951 J. S. Bach Christmas Oratorio Bath Abbey
2 Jun 1951 Various Unaccompanied Serenade Concert Pump Room, Bath
26 May 1951 G. F. Handel Messiah Bath Abbey
19/20 Dec 1950 Various Carols by Candlelight – 4th Season Pump Room, Bath
21 Oct 1950 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
19 Oct 1950 J. S. Bach St John Passion Bath Abbey
17 Oct 1950 J. S. Bach BWV 11 – Praise Our God; Jesu, Priceless Treasure; Magnificat Bath Abbey
14 Oct 1950 J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion Bath Abbey
14–21 Oct 1950 As a part of the 1st Bath Bach Festival
20/21 Dec 1949 Various Carols by Candlelight – 3rd Season Pump Room, Bath
27 Jun 1949 Various Recital of Choral Music Bath Abbey
21 May 1949 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor Bath Abbey
21 Dec 1948 Various Carols by Candlelight – 2nd Season Pump Room, Bath
24 Apr 1948 J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion Bath Abbey
23 Dec 1947 Various Carols by Candlelight 1st Season Pump Room, Bath
7 Jun 1947 J. S. Bach Mass in B minor[4] Bath Abbey
1946 Choir Formed

References[edit]

  1. ^ Registered Charity 1043756. Accounts lodged with UK Charity Commission
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  6. ^ http://cfba.org.uk/cfba-members-category/music-members/page/3/
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  8. ^ http://www.edward-hughes.com
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  11. ^ http://www.completefrance.com/language-culture/twin-towns
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  13. ^ Tilford Bach Festival
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  15. ^ http://www.london-handel-festival.com
  16. ^ The King's Singers
  17. ^ http://www.somerset-life.co.uk/people/somerset_life_s_sarah_ford_talks_with_nigel_perrin_the_king_of_choirs_1_1636674
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  20. ^ http://www.exeterfestivalchorus.org.uk
  21. ^ http://www.wellensian-consort.co.uk
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