|With much to celebrate this summer, not least our return to in person singing and performance, we very much look forward to our season Finale on 12 June, bringing our audience a true ‘Taste of Great British Choral Music’. |
The programme will also include a familiar folk song from c.1310, ‘ Sumer Is Icumen In’. The words, written in Early English, will appear in the programme.
|For more information, see:||www.edinburghbachchoir.org.uk/dbpage.php?pg=view&dbase=events&id=154012|
|We are really looking forward to our concert on 9 April, where we will perform Bach St Luke Passion along with professional orchestra and soloists. The music is full of dramatic choruses and beautiful chorals. Follow this link for a wee sample of our concert week rehearsal! https://twitter.com/i/status/1511610585426845699|
|Rehearsals are well underway for our next concert on Saturday 9 April! We will be singing the Bach St Luke Passion accompanied by professional orchestra and soloists.|
This piece has historically been attributed to Bach as a copy of part of the score exists in his handwriting, but it is now thought not to have been composed by him although he is known to have performed it at least twice. Like Bach's St John Passion and St Matthew Passion, the piece follows the story of the passion of Christ using a combination of hymn like chorals, dramatic choruses and solo pieces representing the different characters in the story.
Don't miss your chance to hear this rarely performed piece and find out for yourself!
Do you fancy singing with one of Edinburgh's leading amateur choirs, professional soloists and orchestra? Why not come along to one of our Open Rehearsals, join in the singing and see what you think?!
Tuesdays 11th and 18th January 2022 7.30 - 9.00pm at St Cuthbert's Parish Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2EP.
Highlights of forthcoming concerts include:
Bach St. Luke Passion, Handel Chandos Anthems, Finzi For St Cecilia, Parry Blest pair of sirens
|Bach, Beethoven, Brahms........ Friday, 5th November, 2021.....|
For full concert details see Upcoming Events and follow the link. Tickets available online. All enquiries can be directed to the website.
Note for audience: There will be no interval and masks must be worn, unless exempt.
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, email@example.com.
We hope to hear from you soon!
|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.|
|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
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.|