Bach Cantatas with the English Touring Opera and The Old Street Band

Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon

The Old Street Band Cantamus Chamber Choir Jonathan Peter Kenny conductor Gillian Webster soprano Andrew Radley countertenor Ronan Busfield tenor Grant Doyle baritone

BACH

Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV 62 and BWV 61; Ärgre dich, o Seele, nicht BWV 186a; Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben BWV 147

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Johann Sebastian Bach composed only a small, but extraordinary, number of cantatas for the four Sundays preceding Christmas. Soloists from English Touring Opera and the Old Street Band combine with Wiltshire's Cantamus Chamber Choir in two contrasting and powerful settings of Martin Luther's great chorale Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (Now come, saviour of the heathens) written for the first Sunday of Advent. The programme also includes the joyful Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (Heart and mouth and deed and life) originally for the final Sunday of Advent, which anticipates the coming of Christmas and is the original setting for the celebrated chorale Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring.

'Sent shivers down the spine … shiveringly good.' Church Times

i 6.30pm pre-concert talk: with conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny

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£22 / £20 / U18s £1 with adult ticket-holder Age limit: All ages