J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor

J.S. Bach Mass in B Minor

Martyrdom and Glory of Saint James (ceiling fresco detail), via Wikimedia Commons
Described by the conductor Robert Shaw as “the most remarkable musical allegory of human existence”, Bach’s Mass in B Minor has been likened to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling and Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

This monumental work was, however, likely never performed in its entirety during the composer’s lifetime, with the first complete public performance taking place more than 100 years after his death. Considered Bach’s final great achievement, the Mass in B Minor has since come to be regarded as the pinnacle of grand choral composition.

Petros Singers are delighted to welcome a lineup of world-class soloists alongside our regular collaborators, The Garter Ensemble.

Miriam Allan, Soprano
Martha McLorinan, Mezzo-Soprano
Thomas Elwin, Tenor
Ashley Riches, Bass-Baritone

Australian-born soprano Miriam Allan has sung alongside Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Masaaki Suzuki and John Butt, among others, while enjoying fruitful relationships with Pinchgut Opera, Les Arts Florissants and Collegium Vocale Gent. She was the sole soprano at the funeral of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh.

Martha McClorinan was a prize winner at the Royal Welsh Colllege of Music & Drama, where she was supported by the BBC. Since then she has sung at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the BBC Proms.

Thomas Elwin was a Leverhulme award holder at the Royal Academy of Music before studying at the Opera studio at Oper Stuttgart. He has since performed at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, English Touring Opera and The Grange Festival.

Ashley Riches has established an enviable international career having been a choral scholar at King’s College Cambridge, a Gold Medal finalist at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, a Jette Parker Young Artist at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.