Bach in Harpenden

March 10th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Bach in Harpenden

On Saturday 16th March 2019 between 7.30 to 9.15pm at St Nicholas Church, Church Green, Harpenden, AL5 2TpJ. S. Bach's Magnificat and Alec Roth's A Time to Dance will form a double-bill for a great concert.  The evening features the Lea Singers and a baroque orchestra and promises to be a delightful event. 

The inspired and uplifting Magnificat is one of Bach's finest works, dating from 1723. The Magnificat is the canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Luke I: 46-55) and traditionally formed part of the ancient Roman Catholic service of Vespers. After the Reformation, it was incorporated into the evening services of the Lutheran and Anglican churches. 

Bach’s Magnificat was written in Leipzig for the 1723 Christmas Vespers. This original version was in E-flat and included several additional Christmas texts inserted at various points in the piece. Some years later he revised it, removing the Christmas interpolations to make the piece suitable for use throughout the year and transposing it into D, a much brighter and more satisfactory key for the trumpets in particular.

The Magnificat was conceived on a grand scale, requiring five soloists, a five-part choir and, for its time, an unusually large orchestra consisting of three trumpets, two flutes, two oboes, strings and continuo. In its splendour and jubilation, the piece anticipates the great choruses of the later Mass in B minor. Although it will not be performed on quite such a magnificent scale the Lea Singers Harpenden's leading chamber choir will undoubtedly do it justice. 

Perfectly complementing this work is A Time to Dance by UK-based composer Alec Roth. This cantata explores the four seasons, drawing on poetry by William Blake, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Robert Herrick, among others. 

Tickets available online: Adults £15 (Under 18's and Students £5). For more information you can contact Tickets are also available from Fran Brown - Tel: 01582-793845 or  07800 502027

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