Watch our Easter Oratorio performance


Watch the entire performance of J. S. Bach’s Easter Oratorio (BWV 249) recorded live on 20th April 2019 in New College Chapel by kind permission of the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford.

Help my Unbelief


Sunday 3rd November 2019
New College Chapel, Oxford

The cantatas Bach was writing at this time deal with the theme of Christians rejecting the material world and its temptations so as not to risk losing union with God. Cantata 162 relates to the parable of the royal wedding feast to which ‘many are called but few are chosen’.

Lutheran Vespers


Sunday 17th November 2019
New College Chapel, Oxford

A service of Lutheran Vespers featuring Bach’s Cantata 115 Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit. Performed by New College Choir, conducted by Robert Quinney, with the orchestra of the Oxford Bach Soloists.



Tuesday 24th December 2019
New College Chapel, Oxford

Bach’s first Christmas in Leipzig comes with an explosion of festive music. After Advent’s ‘tempus clausum’ (closed period), Bach laid on nine major pieces for his singers and instrumentalists to master, including the Magnificat in E flat major, more commonly heard in its later D major version.

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