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Yorkshire Bach Choir

  • Saturday 8th December, 2018 7:00pm to 10:00pm

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  • Saturday 8th December, 2018 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Tel: 01904658338


Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall
University of York
YO10 5DD

Bethany Seymour soprano Nancy Cole mezzo soprano
Jonathan Hanley tenor Frederick Long bass with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists
Peter Seymour conductor

J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio

Written in 1734 when Bach was at the height of his considerable powers, the Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) is rarely heard in its complete form. Six cantatas written for the feast days of Christmas and New Year present Bach at his most festive and vibrant. Some of Bach’s largest orchestral forces are contrasted with exquisitely beautiful solo instrumental and vocal music. Bound together, Bach’s compendium of evolving musical style powerfully encapsulates rituals of belief, the diversity of the human spirit and an ecstatic joy in the Christmas message.

“the Christmas message was harmonised into a
pure shout of joy” Guardian