In anticipation of our 40th anniversary concert of the St Matthew Passion in Southwark Cathedral next Easter, we are delighted to present a programme showcasing five of Bach's six Leipzig motets, considered by many as the greatest achievement of choral polyphony of the baroque era.
Of these five, four are eight part (double choir) settings, only Lobet den Herrn being set for a standard four part SATB. As with so much of Bach's choral writing, he makes virtuosic demands of all parts, often writing music that would not look out of place on the stand of a principal violin! To allow us time to recover our breath after singing these virtuoso works, we supplement our programme with some less well-known, but nonetheless quietly beautiful motets by other masters of the period.
We look forward to welcoming you to this lovely church and its beautiful acoustic for this evening of inspirational choral music from the German baroque.