St Michael le Belfrey, York
21 June 2014 7.30 pm ends (c.9.45 pm)
Tickets £18 (£16)

Yorkshire Bach Choir
Conductor Peter Seymour

German Requiem, op 45 in composer’s piano duet version 
Liebeslieder-Walzer, op 52

Brahms’ German Requiem is one of the great choral masterpieces of all time. Brahms himself made this piano transcription of the orchestral parts of his stupendous Requiem. Unlike the Victoria Requiem, heard in the February concert, this is a sacred but not a liturgical composition. Brahms’ arrangement of the original orchestral material for two players allows a greater intimacy, precision and contrapuntal clarity than that possible in the orchestral version; as such it pairs very happily with the gloriousLiebeslieder-Walzer op. 52. Both pieces are from the 1860s and theLiebeslieder is a set of 18 short songs set for solo voices and choir which pays tribute to Johann Strauss.

In this entertaining performance the musical items are linked by a brilliant (and entertaining) narration specially prepared by Andrew Pinnock, secretary of the Purcell Society and a regular collaborator with YBC and YBS in this repertoire.

Yorkshire Bach Choir

St Michael le Belfrey, York
10th May 2014 7.30 pm (ends c.9.45 pm)
Tickets £14 (£12)

Yorkshire Bach Choir
Conductor Peter Seymour

Settings of 17th century poets including Shakespeare
by Vaughan Williams, Pearsall, Moeran, Mellers and Aston

Unsurprisingly, the lyrics of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, such as BeaumontFletcher and Herrick, provided great inspiration for many composers who responded with memorable settings for unaccompanied choir. Vaughan Williams’ Three Shakespeare Songs have texts from Shakespeare’s plays; Moeransets Shakespeare, Herrick, Fletcher and others; Pearsall sets Beaumont and Fletcher. All these are popular works of the choral repertoire and are partnered by settings of Shakespeare by Wilfrid Mellers and Peter Aston, both of whom have strong and affectionate associations with York and YBC.

Yorkshire Bach Choir

Saturday 26 April 7-30pm
St Andrews Church, Farnham

Vox Musica conductor Michael Berman
Southbank Sinfonia director Adrian Butterfield
Tilford Bach Society

Programme to include
JS Bach Cantata 131 Aus den Tiefen
JS Bach Motet BWV 229 Komm, Jesu komm
Biber Sonata no. 8
Buxtehude Cantata Der Herr ist mit mir

Tickets available here. £18, (£15 Members), £5 Students, including glass of wine or juice during interval.

Holmfirth Choral Society
with Valley Sinfonia

Bethany Seymour soprano
Hannah Johnstone alto
Colin Powell tenor
Philip Wilcox bass

Set in the picturesque village of Holmfirth, home of the iconic sitcom Last of the Summer Wine, this performance begins at 19.15 in the Civic Hall.

Alongside the Mozart masses, Bethany sings Exsultate, jubilate

Vox Musica and Southbank Sinfonia Baroque

CPE Bach Symphony in D
Leclaire Suite from Scylla et Glaucus
Telemann Concerto in D for 3 trumpets and 2 oboes
Locatelli Introduzione No 4
Lotti Missa Sapientiae

TOM VERNEY counter-tenor


The first half of the 18th century saw the very peak of baroque music in Europe, and the rich and varied styles in Italy, France and Germany all had an influence on English music of the day. Antonio Lotti’s surprising Missa Sapientiae is particularly famous for having been copied and adapted by
Handel, Bach and Zelenka.

Tickets: £12 – unreserved seating
To book please go to BOOKINGS page.
Booking starts on 14 January at 10am.