Recordings/Discussions
Background Information
Performer Bios

Poet/Composer Bios

Additional Information

Bach Festivals & Cantata Series: Main Page: Countries A-I | Page 2: Countries J-Z | Schedule of Concerts of Bach's Vocal Works
Links to Bach Festivals | Links to Bach Organizations & Societies | Discussions of Bach Festivals & Cantata Concerts
Major Bach Events: Year 2017 | Year 2016 | Year 2015 | Year 2014 | Year 2013 | Year 2012 | Year 2011 | Year 2010 | Year 2009


Bach Festivals & Cantata Series
Music-at-Hill: Bach Vespers

Name:

Bach Vespers

Location:

London, England

Venues:

St. Anne & St. Agnes Church, Gresham Street, EC2V London (1982-2015)
St. Mary at Hill Church, Lowet Lane, EC3R 8EE London (1976-1997; since 2015)

Years:

Since 1976 (Cantata Series)

Months:

Several concerts along the year

Artistic Director:

Peter Lea-Cox (1976-2004)
Martin Knizia (2004-2015)

Ensembles:

Lecosaldi Ensemble (1976-1997)
The Sweelinck Ensemble (1982-2015)
City Bach Collective (since 2016)

Website:

Music-at-Hill: Bach Vespers
City Bach Collective
St Anne’s Lutheran Church
Bach Vespers at St Anne's [N/A]
Music-at-Hill on Facebook

History & Mission:

In the autumn of 1976, Peter Lea-Cox, organist of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb was appointed organist of St. Mary-at-hill in the City. An administrator with some teaching responsibilities at the Royal Academy of Music, Peter decided to use the church to give his students the opportunity to perform Bach cantatas, preparing the editions himself. The series began on November 11, 1976 with a performance of BWV 38, Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir.
In 1981, Ronald Englund of the Lutheran Church in London based at St. Anne & St. Agnes Church attended one of Peter Lea-Cox’s Bach cantata series performances at St. Mary-at-hill. He invited Peter to repeat it in support of the St. Anne’s Music Society, in the liturgically-appropriated manner that was being practised at an American church at the time (probably Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, New York City). Cantata BWV 161 was duly performed within the Lutheran liturgy as ‘Bach Vespers’ on September 26, 1982.
In this way, the tradition of Bach Vespers was started. Peter Lea-Cox completed a full cycle of all Bach’s cantatas in 1997. He continued to deliver Bach to the Lutheran congregation until 2004 when Martin Knizia was appointed St Anne’s Church cantor. Martin went on to perform Bach’s music in the liturgy, in concerts and in the Bach Festival until leaving in July 2015.
In 2016, the City Bach Collective is the new name for the ever-evolving group of musicians who have been part of one particular, central ribbon of this musical tapestry: the programming of Bach cantatas within the liturgy of Lutheran Bach Vespers with the constant, valued support of St. Anne’s Lutheran Church. You can read more about this history on the About page.

Recent Festivals:

See: St Anne’s Bach Festival

Logo:

Posters & Programmes: 1976-1989


Sep 17, 1982
BWV 161

Sep 26, 1982
BWV 161

     
     

Feb 7, 1985
BWV 144

Mar 7, 1985
BWV 236

Sep 22, 1985
BWV 8

Jun 25, 1987
BWV 76

Feb 2, 1989
BWV 83

Posters & Programmes: 1989-1999


May 17, 1990
BWV 128

Jul 20, 1992
BWV 78

Mar 19, 1995
BWV 117

   
   

Posters & Programmes: 2000-2015


Apr 9, 2006
BWV 245

Mar 27, 2011
BWV 232

Mar 24, 2013
BWV 245

Nov 21, 2014
BWV 210, 82

Mar 6, 2015
BWV 93, 82

Posters & Programmes: 2016-


Jan 31, 2016
BWV 81, 82

Apr 24, 2016
BWV 166

Jun 19, 2016
BWV 177

Jul 24, 2016
BWV 105

Sep 11, 2016 + Jan 8, 2017


Source: Music-at-Hill: Bach Vespers Website; City Bach Collective Website

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (March 2016 - Soptember 2016)


Bach Festivals & Cantata Series: Main Page: Countries A-I | Page 2: Countries J-Z | Schedule of Concerts of Bach's Vocal Works
Links to Bach Festivals | Links to Bach Organizations & Societies | Discussions of Bach Festivals & Cantata Concerts
Major Bach Events: Year 2017 | Year 2016 | Year 2015 | Year 2014 | Year 2013 | Year 2012 | Year 2011 | Year 2010 | Year 2009



 

Back to the Top


Last update: Sunday, June 11, 2017 10:02