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Bach in Mühlhausen

In 1707, the 22-year-old Johann Sebastian Bach began his position as the organist at the Lutheran church of St. Blasius in Mühlhausen. His arrival was just months after a devastating fire which destroyed a quarter of the historic town.

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Performer Focus: Sam Mitchell

Australian countertenor, Sam Mitchell has been involved with the Oxford Bach Soloists since 2016 and is performing the role of some Haute-contre solos in the forthcoming performance of Charpentier’s De profundis on 16 July. We hear more about his musical career…

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Setting the text

In 1524 Martin Luther paraphrased Psalm 130 Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (Out of the depths, I have cried out to you) into a text which was to become the inspiration for many composers to write some great pieces of music in the Baroque age and afterwards including Bach, Mendelssohn and Reger.

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Performer Focus: Nick Pritchard

Tenor Nick Pritchard has been singing with the Oxford Bach Soloists since 2011. Recently, he took the tenor solo in Bach’s Easter Oratorio. We asked Nick about his life in music.

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An invitation to a Royal Wedding

1707 was a turning point for Great Britain with the Acts of Union joining the Kingdoms of England and Scotland. Meanwhile, a more musical transition was taking place in Germany with the three protagonists of this concert.

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Reformation 500: Sun and Shield

500 years ago on 31 October 1517 in Wittenberg, Saxony, Martin Luther sent his Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences to the Archbishop of Mainz. Find out how its impact was to change the world…

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Performer Focus: Stefan Kennedy

This Easter, Stefan Kennedy sang the role of the Evangelist in the Oxford Bach Soloists’ performance of Bach’s St John Passion. We asked Stefan a few questions about his life in music.

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An Easter Passion

One of the most important dates in the Christian Calendar, Easter tells the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Oxford Bach Soloists mark the event with two special concerts centered around the music of JS Bach.

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