Bach's B Minor Mass With The Choir of St Marys, Maldon
Saturday 8th July, 7.30pm, St Mary's Church
Bach’s towering B Minor Mass closes the festival with The Choir of St Mary’s and Pegasus Baroque Orchestra.
Following the success of our performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, which closed the 2016 festival, we close this year’s festival with his mighty B Minor Mass, composed throughout his career and finished in the year before his death, 1749. It was never performed during his lifetime and, indeed, was considered impossible to perform until 1859. St Mary’s Choir is joined by Pegasus Baroque Orchestra.
The Choir of St Mary's, Maldon is a mixed choir of adults and children which leads the worship Sunday by Sunday. The ethos of the choir is rooted in the rich tradition of Anglican Choral music but also draws heavily on continental experience. This means that congregations are treated to Mass settings by the “greats” of European music. Each week, whilst there is much Congregational singing, the choir sings Masses by Palestrina, Lassus, Mozart, Haydn, Ireland, Howells and many more. For major festivals, the choir is accompanied by orchestra such as for the Fauré Requiem on All Souls or Haydn’s St Nicholas Mass at Midnight Mass.
Choral Evensong is sung on the first Sunday of the month at 6pm. This beautiful service, one of the greatest gifts of Anglicanism to the Christian tradition, is a time for the congregation to forget the stresses and strains of the coming week and to allow the singing of the choir to transport it to another plane. The music sung stretches right across the Anglican corpus of music, from the sixteenth century to the present day. The choir’s repertoire includes all the famous Anglican composers of canticles, such as Tallis, Byrd, Stanford, Nobel, Walmisley and Howells. Occasional continental settings also feature, such as those by Palestrina and Buxtehude. Music at the Mass on the first Sunday of the month is more Congregational in character.