Bach Cantatas: Music for the Dukes

Sunday 4 March, 3.15 pm
New College Chapel, Oxford

Bach’s thrilling Orchestral Suite No. 1, full of surprises and unexpected fun, opens this concert of early cantatas composed in service to the Weimar dukes at the legendary ‘Schlosskirche’ (Castle Church).

St John Passion

Friday 30 March, 1.30 pm
New College Chapel, Oxford

One of Bach’s best loved works, the St John Passion was first performed on Good Friday of 1724 in the St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig.

‘Daring, forceful and poetic’ – Robert Schumann

Easter Oratorio

Saturday 31 March, 3.15 pm
New College Chapel, Oxford

Bach’s festive scoring of his dramatic 1725 Easter Oratorio tells the story through four characters: Simon Peter, John the Apostle, Mary Magdalene, and Mary Jacobe.


Music for the Dukes

Oxford Bach Soloists brings to life two of Bach’s earliest cantatas on 4 March composed during his time in service to the Weimar Dukes – but it’s not as simple as it sounds…

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Lutheran Vespers

Join us in the glorious setting of New College Chapel, Oxford for a reconstruction of Lutheran Vespers on 21 January featuring JS Bach’s joyous Cantata for the day.

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Performer Focus: George Robarts

Baritone George Robarts first sang with Oxford Bach Soloists in January 2015 during his second year at Oxford. Since then he has performed regularly as a soloist and chorus member. We find our more about his career as a singer… Tell us a bit about yourself, your...

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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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