bury  singing bach  since choir  1932
bury                                 singing bach                                 since  choir                                 1932

Vivaldi Gloria

and glorious Bach

Antonio Vivaldi

Johann Sebastian Bach

Saturday 21 May 2022


(ends 9.10pm approximately)


St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds


Bach                 O ewiges Feuer (BWV34)

Bach                 O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht (BWV118)

Bach/Kuhnau   Der Gerechte kommt um

Vivaldi              Gloria in D


Rachel Dyson soprano

Valerie Reid mezzo-soprano

Graeme Danby bass


Suffolk Baroque Players

Bury Bach Choir               

Philip Reed conductor


The summer concert in our 90th Anniversary year features the music of Bach and Vivaldi. Bach admired and was influenced by Vivaldi, transcribing several of the Venetian’s violin concertos for solo organ as well as emulating Vivaldi’s concerto style in his own instrumental concertos.


Our concert juxtaposes two celebratory works with a pair of more sober compositions. Bach’s cantata for Whitsunday 1742, O ewiges Feuer (BWV34), welcomes the Holy Spirit with appropriately rousing and jubilant music, while Vivaldi’s much-loved, extrovert Gloria in D is full of catchy melodies and optimism. These two jubilant pieces are complemented by Bach’s exquisite single-movement motet, O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht (BWV118), composed in 1736–7, and his equally beautiful setting of Der Gerechte kommt um, a reworking of a Latin motet by his Leipzig predecessor, Johann Kuhnau.



Booking opens 6 November 2021

Tickets £27 (reserved), £22 and £17 (unreserved)

Early booking discount £1 off all tickets booked by 30 January 2022 


Saturday 12 November 2022


Handel Messiah

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

Tickets on sale 12 September

Saturday 17 December 2022


A Christmas Celebration

Lavenham parish church

Tickets on sale 12 September

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