Cheltenham Bach Choir – Spring Festival of the Baroque – 29-31 March 2019

A veritable feast of Baroque music in Cheltenham and Cirencester

This year sees the third of Cheltenham Bach Choir’s popular Spring Festivals dedicated to the performance of Baroque music. Taking place over the last weekend of March, the programme ranges from an intimate harpsichord recital to a major performance of Bach’s St John Passion. Music lovers in Gloucestershire can expect to enjoy three days of top-class Baroque music-making.

The highlight of this year’s ‘Spring Festival of the Baroque’ will be a performance of Bach’s St John Passion, to be given in Cirencester Parish Church by the Cheltenham Bach Choir, together with the Musical and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra. The part of the Evangelist will be sung by the internationally renowned tenor, James Gilchrist, and Jesus by baritone Matthew Durkan. The performance will be directed by David Crown.

The Festival opens on Friday 29th March with a harpsichord recital by the remarkable Satoko Doi-Luck at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham. Satoko was the Junior Fellow in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music, and also a participant of the Handel House Talent Scheme 2015-2016. She has performed with La Serenissima, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Birmingham Opera Company, English Chamber Orchestra, Tenebrae and the Shakespeare’s Globe.

It closes on Sunday 31st March with an afternoon programme of Bach cantatas sung by the Cheltenham Bach Choir in St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham, where the programme will also include the solo cantata ‘Ich habe genug’ to be sung by Felicity Turner – winner of the 2018 Cedric Virgin Prize for Baroque singing.

David Crown, Music Director of the Cheltenham Bach Choir, said “We have lined up some outstanding performers for this year’s Festival. Audiences at each of the concerts will hear stars making Baroque music, whether it’s James Gilchrist in the wonderful sound-world of the St John Passion, or Satoko Doi-Luck in the intimacy of a harpsichord recital. And make sure not to miss up-and-coming mezzo Felicity Turner singing Bach on the Sunday afternoon. Altogether it should prove a most rewarding three days for lovers of Baroque music in Gloucestershire!”

A combined ticket for all three Festival concerts costs £36 (students and children £18); these are available, along with tickets for the individual concerts, from cheltbachchoir.com/tickets or by calling 0333 666 3366 [fees apply]. Tickets for the St John Passion are also available from the Cirencester Visitor Information Centre at the Corinium Museum. For more information on the various events please visit the Cheltenham Bach Choir’s website www.cheltbachchoir.com .

‘Bach and Before’ – Harpsichord Recital by Satoko Doi-Luck
Friday 29th March at 7:30 pm
Chapel Arts, Knapp Road, Cheltenham GL50 3QQ
Join us for a harpsichord recital by the remarkable Satoko Doi-Luck at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham. Satoko was the Junior Fellow in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music, and also a participant of the Handel House Talent Scheme 2015-2016. She has performed with La Serenissima, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Birmingham Opera Company, English Chamber Orchestra, Tenebrae and the Shakespeare’s Globe.

Tickets are £15 (students/ children £8). A combined ticket for all three Festival concerts costs £36 (students and children £18); these are available, along with tickets for the individual concerts, from cheltbachchoir.com/tickets or by calling 0333 666 3366 [fees apply].

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Bach St John Passion
James Gilchrist – Evangelist
Matthew Durkan – Jesus
Cheltenham Bach Choir
Musical and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra
David Crown – conductor

Saturday 30th March at 7:30 pm
Cirencester Parish Church, Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NX

The highlight of this year’s ‘Spring Festival of the Baroque’ will be a performance of Bach’s St John Passion, to be given in Cirencester Parish Church by the Cheltenham Bach Choir, together with the Musical and Amicable Society Baroque Orchestra. The part of the Evangelist will be sung by the internationally renowned tenor, James Gilchrist, and Jesus by baritone Matthew Durkan. The performance will be directed by David Crown.

Tickets are £20 (students/ children £8). A combined ticket for all three Festival concerts costs £36 (students and children £18); these are available, along with tickets for the individual concerts, from cheltbachchoir.com/tickets or by calling 0333 666 3366 [fees apply]. Tickets for the St John Passion are also available from the Cirencester Visitor Information Centre at the Corinium Museum. For more information on the various events please visit the Cheltenham Bach Choir’s website www.cheltbachchoir.com .
Bach Cantatas

Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden (BWV 230)
Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4)
Ich habe genug (BWV 82)

Felicity Turner – mezzo-soprano
Cheltenham Bach Choir
Robin Baggs – accompanist
David Crown – conductor

Sunday 31st March at 3:00 pm
St Matthew’s Church, Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3PL
The Festival closes on Sunday 31st March with an afternoon programme of Bach cantatas sung by the Cheltenham Bach Choir in St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham, where the programme will also include the solo cantata ‘Ich habe genug’ to be sung by Felicity Turner – winner of the 2018 Cedric Virgin Prize for Baroque singing.

Tickets are £10 (students/ children £5). A combined ticket for all three Festival concerts costs £36 (students and children £18); these are available, along with tickets for the individual concerts, from cheltbachchoir.com/tickets or by calling 0333 666 3366 [fees apply]. For more information on the various events please visit the Cheltenham Bach Choir’s website www.cheltbachchoir.com .

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