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  • Edinburgh Bach Choir is back
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 24 Aug 2021


    After a challenging and rather dry 18 months, Edinburgh Bach Choir is delighted to burst back on the musical scene with its usual colourful programmes featuring a wide variety of composers, including, of course, the great JS Bach himself.   

    If you would like to attend a rehearsal as a ‘taster’, we should be very interested in hearing from you. Rehearsals take place in St Cuthbert’s Church, Lothian Rd., Edinburgh, EH1 2LP, on Tuesday evenings from 7.30. Our new season begins on Tuesday, 7th September 2021.

    For further details, including health and safety arrangements as we emerge from the Covid pandemic, please email Janet May, membership@edinburghbachchoir.org.uk.

    We hope to hear from you soon!

    Stephen Doughty, Musical Director

  • EBC recording raises funds for Help Musicians UK
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  •  Date Posted: Tue, 17 Aug 2021
    A huge thank you from the Edinburgh Bach Choir to all those who made donations in support of the release of our recording of James Robertson's Requiem for the Innocent and Brahm's Schicksalslied. We passed on 100% of all donations received, some £434, to Help Musicians UK.
  • Launch of our latest recording
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  •  Date Posted: Sat, 29 May 2021
    Please join us for the launch of our latest exciting lockdown recording. The world premiere of James Robertson's Requiem for the Innocent coupled with Brahm's Schicksalslied.

    Watch the Premiere on Youtube on Sunday 6th June at 17.00. You can also view the recording at any time thereafter. Just follow this link: Summer 2021 Concert
  • Looking Forward with Edinburgh Bach Choir
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 17 Jan 2021
    Following the success of their recent venture into the world of virtual performance, EBC are now looking forward to recording the Shicksalslied by Brahms, and Requiem for the Innocent, by James Robertson.    
    The Shicksalslied, (Song of Destiny), Opus 54, is an orchestrally accompanied choral setting based on a poem by Friedrich Holderlin, first performed in 1871.  This widely loved piece is often known as The Little Requiem as it shares many stylistic and compositional similarities with Brahms’s most ambitious choral work.

    Requiem for the Innocent by James Robertson for choir, chamber orchestra and soloists, is dedicated to the Edinburgh Bach Choir and written specifically for them. The work was completed in the summer of 2020 and the choir will be recording extracts as an introductory ‘premiere performance’.  The eight movements include some traditional Latin text with English translation, selected biblical passages, and words written by the composer himself. This contemporary piece might be seen as a powerful reflection on the current state of our world. The composer describes it as a ‘call’ to acknowledge and embrace those who experience adversity and injustice in any of its many forms, and celebrates hope and courage in the face of fear and darkness. Begun in 2019, in pre-Covid times, the composer could never have imagined how prescient his work would be. It seems a fitting start therefore to the choir’s 2021 calendar to be performing both these pieces, and the choir looks forward to sharing them with their wider audience this Spring.       
     
  • Join Us for an online World Premiere
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2021
    We are rehearsing online on Tuesday evenings - commencing 12th January - and will be producing an online recording at the end of the session. We are working on two fantastic pieces:

    - Requiem for the Innocent by James Robertson is a new piece dedicated to the Edinburgh Bach Choir and this performance will be the first ever.
    - Schicksalslied by Brahms - a lush, melodic masterpiece on the theme of fate.

    Why not join us for this experience? All are welcome and no audition is necessary. Just go to the Contact Us page and email the Choir Membership Secretary.
  • Kodály recording coming very soon
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2020
    The premiere of our Kodály recording is this coming Sunday, 20th December at 4pm. The link to Youtube, where you can watch this online concert will appear on our website here: Kodály Premiere

    After the premiere, you will still be able to watch this recording in the Past Performances section of the website.

    If you enjoy this perfromance, please consider donating to help keep the choir singing. Obviously, we do not have the concert ticket income that we normally would. We are also delighted to be splitting all donations with Help Musicians who have done so much to support professional musicians through this most difficult of years.
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  • Kodály premiere on 20th December
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 9 Dec 2020
    The choir has just completed a term of online rehearsals and recorded two fabulous pieces by Hungarian composer, Zoltán Kodály. Esti Dal (Evening Song) is a beautiful folk song and Kodály's most famous work. Laudes Organi, the composer's final work, is a spectacular celebration of organ and choir, based on a 12th century text.

    The premiere of this recording is on 20th December at 4pm - we will post the link very soon.
  • Join Us Online
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  •  Date Posted: Sun, 1 Nov 2020
    We are embracing the new normal and rehearsing online - working on 2 fantastic pieces by Zoltán Kodály – Laudes Organi and Esti dal. Why not join us for this experience? All are welcome and no audition is necessary. Just go to the Contact Us page and email the Choir Membership Secretary.
  • Concert Cancellations
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2020
    You will not be surprised to learn that we have now cancelled our two May concerts (as well as the March one). Please stay well and we look forward so much to welcoming you back to a Bach Choir concert when the time is right.
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