Century-spanning concert from Birmingham Bach Choir

Song Of The Lamb

Birmingham Bach Choir return to Edgbaston’s The Oratory on Saturday 29 March 2014 for a concert that spans nearly 300 years.

Choir conductor Paul Spicer describes the night, entitled Song Of The Lamb, as featuring “…an unusual and especially varied programme of seasonal rarities that includes baroque masterpieces together with some astoundingly beautiful modern works.”

These include Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater (for ten parts), written in 1757, and the most rarely performed of Johann Sebastian Bach’s motets, Fürchte dich nicht (which translates as be not afraid, or fear not), from 1726.

Alongside these 18th century pieces the choir will perform several newer works: Grammy Award winning American composer Eric Whitacre’s remarkable and emotional When David Heard; British composer Kenneth Leighton’s joyful anthem Let All The World In Every Corner Sing; and two 2008 motets by Scot James MacMillan, Lux Aeterna and The Song of the Lamb.

The Choir has previously performed MacMillan’s Strathclyde Motets to great critical and public acclaim, while Paul Spicer had the honour of giving the composer his very first hearing of The Song Of The Lamb.

The programme will be performed twice by the choir, firstly in Birmingham, and then at Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire (Saturday 12 April 2014), a picturesque abbey founded in 1087 and famed for its medieval stained glass windows and large Norman tower.

“This will be a very special concert programme,” says Spicer, “…a treat for lovers of the purity of Baroque and contemporary music, performed in the inspiring surroundings of Birmingham’s Italianate Oratory, and the mediaeval atmosphere of Tewkesbury Abbey.”

Tickets for the Song Of The Lamb cost £15 (£12.50) Birmingham; £16 (£14) Tewkesbury, available from 0121 705 4418 or online via: www.birmingham.bachchoir.com

LISTINGS

Saturday 29 March 2014
Birmingham Bach Choir: Song Of The Lamb
The Oratory, 141 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 8UE
7.30pm
£15 (£12.50)

Saturday 12 April 2014
Birmingham Bach Choir: Song Of The Lamb
Tewkesbury Abbey, Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 5RZ
7.30pm
£16 (£14)

Performing:
Scarlatti: Stabat Mater
Bach: Fürchte dich nicht
Whitacre: When David Heard
Leighton: Let All The World In Every Corner Sing
MacMillan: The Song Of The Lamb; Lux Aeterna

Conductor: Paul Spicer

For further information and bookings:
Web: www.birmingham.bachchoir.com
Email: tickets@birmingham.bachchoir.com
Box Office: 0121 705 4418 or 0121 780 3333 (Bham & Tewkesbury); 01684 856148 (Tewkesbury tickets only).

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