Sunday 20 December 2020 7:30PM

The English Concert; Carolyn Sampson soprano; Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano; James Way tenor; Edward Grint bass-baritone

Gabrieli, Schein, Kuhnau and JS Bach


This concert will be approximately 2 hours in duration, including an interval


Priority Bookings made for our 2020/21 Season Autumn concerts are subject to an administration fee of £4.00 per booking.

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  • The English Concert
  • Harry Bicket director, harpsichord
  • Carolyn Sampson soprano
  • Helen Charlston mezzo-soprano
  • James Way tenor
  • Edward Grint bass-baritone

Composed in 1723 for his first Christmas Day in Leipzig, with its effervescent choruses and dazzling trumpet writing, Bach’s Magnificat is undoubtedly one of the most festive works in the repertoire. Harry Bicket and The English Concert trace the Magnificat’s lineage, exploring rarely heard but ravishing music by Bach’s Leipzig predecessors, as well as a spectacular motet by Giovanni Gabrieli, which Bach performed with his pupils at the Thomaskirche.

  • Giovanni Gabrieli (c.1554-1612)
        • Hodie Christus natus est
  • Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630)
        • Alleluia: Lobet ihr Knechte des Herrn
      • Banchetto musicale
        • Suite No. 1 in D minor
  • Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722)
        • Magnificat
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
        • Magnificat in E flat BWV243a

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