Bach Choir

Biography

Active: 1875 - ; London, England
The Bach Choir is one of the oldest and most respected amateur choirs in the world. In the nineteenth century, several choral groups were founded in London, of which the Handel Society (1882 - 1939), the Royal Choral Society (founded 1871) and the Bach Choir were the longest-lived.

In 1875, A.D. Coleridge organized a large choir to participate in the British premiere of Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor under the direction of Otto
Read more Goldschmidt. The performance, held in 1876 at St James's Hall, was such a resounding success that that the choir continued in existence as a formal organization. The title "Bach Choir" was chosen in honor of the occasion rather than a mark of its intended repertory; its by-laws states that its purpose is "The practice and production of choral works of excellence of various schools." Queen Victoria granted The Bach Choir royal patronage in 1879 and successive monarchs have been its patron ever since. The Prince of Wales is the president of the choir.

In 1885, the noted composer Sir Charles Villiers Stanford became its conductor. He remained until 1902, during which time he added to the choir's regular activities a part of three-day festivals of Bach's music. Subsequent conductors were Walford Davies (1902 - 1907), Hugh Allen (1907 - 1920), Ralph Vaughan Williams (1920 - 1926), Adrian Boult (1926 - 1922), and Reginald Jacques (1932 - 1960).

In 1960, Sir David Willcocks became the musical director. Remaining until the end of the season in 1998, he was the longest-serving leader of the choir and brought it to its highest level of proficiency and prestige. He was known for innovative and wide-ranging programming and for leading many outstanding recordings. He took the choir on frequent international tours, including trips through Europe and to the United States, Hong Kong, Israel, and New Zealand. In 1998, the choir announced as Willcocks' successor the noted organist and choral conductor David Hill, who had already worked with the chorus and earned its respect.

In 1997, the choir visited South Africa, becoming the first foreign choir to visit the country following the end of the cultural boycott that was lifted after the abolition of apartheid. The choir also organized a major celebration of the 300th anniversary of Bach's birth in 1985 and in 2000 commemorated the 250th anniversary of his death. It was invited to take place in major events such as the opening of the new Royal Festival Hall and the 1995 celebrations of the fiftieth anniversaries of V-E and V-J Day.

Although it remains a choir of amateur singers, its has high standards for membership and as such is arguably the most prestigious amateur choir in the world. It sings over 20 concerts ever season, appearing in the major London concert venues and with the best professional orchestras and singers. Read less

Biography

Active: 1875 - ; London, England
The Bach Choir is one of the oldest and most respected amateur choirs in the world. In the nineteenth century, several choral groups were founded in London, of which the Handel Society (1882 - 1939), the Royal Choral Society (founded 1871) and the Bach Choir were the longest-lived.

In 1875, A.D. Coleridge organized a large choir to participate in the British premiere of Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B Minor under the direction of Otto
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
The Angry Planet, Part 1: II. As if
The Angry Planet, Part 1: III. Yellow Eye
The Angry Planet, Part 2: I. Remember
The Angry Planet, Part 2: II. 9pm
The Angry Planet, Part 2: III. Green Rain
The Angry Planet, Part 3: I. Midnight
The Angry Planet, Part 3: II. We Need
The Angry Planet, Part 3: III. 3am
The Angry Planet, Part 3: IV. Sorry Too Late
The Angry Planet, Part 4: I. Peppermint Freckles
The Angry Planet, Part 4: II. 6am (Lutra lutra)
The Angry Planet, Part 4: III. Perhaps
Stabat mater dolorosa
Cujus animam gementem
Quis est homo?
Eia, mater
Sancta mater -
Fac ut portem -
Christe, cum sit hunc exire
Part I: O Du mein Wille! (Chorus)
Part I: Erhebt eure Herzen (Baritone)
Part I: In dein Auge schaute ich jungst (Chorus, Tenor, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone)
Part I: Wehe mir! (Baritone, Chorus)
Part I: Nacht ist es (Chorus, Baritone)
Part II: Auf den Bergen -
Part II: Herauf! nun herauf (Chorus, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor)
Part II: Susse Leier! (Baritone)
Star Carol
Star Carol
Agnus Dei
Beat! Beat! Drums!
Reconciliation
Dirge for 2 Veterans
The Angel of Death has been abroad
O Man Greatly Beloved
I was in the Spirit
And I saw Heaven opened
And I saw an Angel standing in the Sun
Babylon the great is fallen
Rejoice over her O Heavens
And I saw a new Heaven
Therefore are they before the throne of God
And I saw a pure river
Holy, Holy, Holy
Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory
No. 1. Spell against sorrow
No. 2. Spell of safekeeping
No. 3. Spell to bring lost creatures home
No. 4. Spell of sleep
No. 5. Love spell
No. 6. Spell of creation
"Requiem Aeternam"
"What Passing Bells For These Who Die As Cattle?"
"Dies irae"
"Bugles Sang, Saddening the Evening Air"
"Liber Scriptus Proferetur"
"Out There, We've Walked Quite Friendly Up To Death"
"Recordare Jesu Pie"
"Be Slowly Lifted Up"
"Dies Irae"
"Lacrimosa Dies Illa"
"Move Him Into the Sun"
"Domine Jesu Christe"
"So Abraham Rose, and Clave the Wood"
"Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus"
"After the Blast Of Lightning From the East"
"One Ever Hangs Where Shelled Roads Part"
"Libera me, Domine"
"It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped"
"Let Us Sleep Now...In Paradisum"
Requiem Aeternam (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Offertorium (Rehearsal)
Sanctus (Rehearsal)
Sanctus (Rehearsal)
Agnus Dei (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)
Lux aeterna
Domine Jesu Christe
Libera me
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: I. Prologue: Nowell! Nowell!
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: II. Narration: Now the birth of Jesus Christ -
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: III. Song: It was the winter wild
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: IV. Narration: And it came to pass in those days
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: V. Choral: The blessed son of God
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: VI. Narration: And there were in the same country
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: VII. Song: The Oxen (Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock)
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: VIII. Narration: And the shepherds returned
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: IX. Pastoral: The shepherds sing
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: X. Narration: But Mary kept all these things
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XI. Lullaby: Sweet was the song the Virgin sang
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XII. Hymn: Bright portals of the sky
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XIII. Narration: Now when Jesus was born
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XIV. The March of the Three Kings: From kingdoms of wisdom -
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XV. Choral: No sad thought his soul affright
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata: XVI. Epilogue: In the beginning was the Word
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 1.L'allegro - Accompagnato : Hence loathed Melancholy
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 2. Il penseroso - Accompagnato: Hence vain deluding joyes
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 3. L'allegro - Air: Come, thou goddess fair and free
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 4a. Il penseroso - Air: Come rather Goddess sage and holy
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 5. L'allegro - Air & Chorus: Haste thee, nymph
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 6. Air & chorus: Come, and trip it as you go
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 7. Il penseroso - Accompagnato: Come, pensive nun, devout and pure
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 8. Arioso: Come, but keep thy wonted state
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 9. Accompagnato & chorus: There held in holy passion still
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 10. L'allegro - Recitative: Hence, loathed Melancholy - & Air: Mirth, admit me of they crew
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 11. Il penseroso - Accompagnato: First, and chief, on golden wing
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 12. Air: Sweet bird, that shun'st the noise of folly
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 13. L'allegro - Recitative: If I give thee hounour due - & Air: Mirth, admit me of thy crew
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 14.Il pensero - Air: Oft on a plat of rising ground
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 15. Air: Far from all resort of Mirth
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 16. L'allegro - Recitative: If I give thee hounour due - & Air: Let me wander, not unseen
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 17. Air: Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasures
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 18. Accompagnato: Mountains, on whose barren breast
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), I. L'Allegro: 19a. Air & chorus: Or let the merry bells ring round
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 39. Duet: As steals the morn upon the night
L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato (pastoral ode), III. Il Moderato: 40. Chorus: Thy pleasures, Moderation, give
Thus Spake Isaiah
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem
Babylon was a great city
Praise ye
Thus in Babylon
And in that same hour
Then sing aloud to God
The trumpeters and pipers are silent
Then sing aloud to God
"Requiem Aeternam"
"What Passing Bells For These Who Die As Cattle?"
"Dies irae"
"Bugles Sang, Saddening the Evening Air"
"Liber Scriptus Proferetur"
"Out There, We've Walked Quite Friendly Up To Death"
"Recordare Jesu Pie"
"Be Slowly Lifted Up"
"Dies Irae"
"Lacrimosa Dies Illa"
"Move Him Into the Sun"
"Domine Jesu Christe"
"So Abraham Rose, and Clave the Wood"
"Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus"
"After the Blast Of Lightning From the East"
"One Ever Hangs Where Shelled Roads Part"
"Libera me, Domine"
"It Seemed That Out Of Battle I Escaped"
"Let Us Sleep Now...In Paradisum"
Requiem Aeternam (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Dies Irae (Rehearsal)
Offertorium (Rehearsal)
Sanctus (Rehearsal)
Sanctus (Rehearsal)
Agnus Dei (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)
Libera Me (Rehearsal)


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