The Oxford Bach Soloists look ahead to their first recording 

As we turn to February, we are looking forward to our next concert and the recording of our debut album. This recording of this album is an important milestone for the Oxford Bach Soloists, as it marks the beginning of us sharing our music with a far-reaching audience.

The recording of this album has been made possible thanks to David Hodges, who has made a generous donation.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Nick Pritchard for both the album and our upcoming concert. Nick has been described by Fiona Maddocks in The Observer as ‘one of the best younger generation tenors around.

Nick joins us for two of Bach’s solo cantatas, Ich armer Mensch BWV 55 and the well-known Ich habe genug BWV 82a, and he will also perform them in our concert in Oxford, paired with Bach’s longest and most musically complex motet, Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227, sung by our choral scholars.

Nick’s two solo cantatas on the album will sit alongside Bach’s earliest choral cantata, Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 4. Using Luther’s Easter hymn as a basis, this cantata has an expressive homogeneity and purity of form by using a chorale variation technique inherited from the 17th Century.

We are delighted to bring together a choir of vibrant young singers, including a number of previous choral scholars, to record this unique and completely choral cantata.

You can support us by donating towards this project.

If you would like to hear more about our upcoming recording project, please do get in touch.

Bach Motets: Jesu, meine Freude

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