Air on a G String

Sunday 6 May, 3.15 pm
New College Chapel, Oxford

Bach’s lavishly scored Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major with fiery Cantatas for Pentecost and Trinity Sunday.

Worthy is the Lamb

Sunday 3 June, 3.15 pm
New College Chapel, Oxford

Almost 30 years before Handel’s Messiah in 1741, “Worthy is the Lamb” was the inspiration behind the final movement of Bach’s Cantata 21 Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis.

HANDEL Dixit Dominus

Sunday 1 July, 3.15 pm
St Michael at the North Gate, Oxford

Handel and Bach never met, though they both studied with the great Dietrich Buxtehude. Bach’s solo alto Cantata 54 is flanked by Buxtehude’s joyful Cantata Alles, was ihr tut, and Handel’s virtuosic Dixit Dominus.


Performer Focus: Cecilia Osmond

“I went to St Paul’s Girls’ School as a violinist and pianist, but found myself drawn to singing during my time at school. By the end of my three years as a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, I knew I wanted to pursue a career as a singer rather than a...

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Performer Focus: Alexander Chance

“I was born in London, but lived in Norfolk for most of my childhood. Though never a Chorister, I sang as a treble in school choirs until the age of about 14, when I convinced myself and others that my voice was breaking (it wasn’t), and pretended to be a...

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Bach Cantata: Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott (BWV 129)

The date of composition of this cantata is uncertain. It seems probable that Bach first performed it either during the 1726 Reformation Festival, which was always celebrated in Leipzig on 31st October, or on Trinity Sunday in the following year. Thereafter the piece took its place among the great chorale-based works of his 1724-25 cycle, where it replaced a non-chorale-based cantata, BWV 176.

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