Singing Workshop: Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Singing Workshop: Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Martyrdom and Glory of Saint James (ceiling fresco detail), via Wikimedia Commons
Join Petros Singers for an afternoon exploring Bach’s Mass in B Minor, the composer’s great final achievement and, arguably, the pinnacle of grand choral composition. This monumental work was likely never performed in its entirety during Bach’s lifetime, with the first complete public performance taking place more than 100 years after his death. We are holding this workshop in anticipation of our own performance of the Mass in B Minor at St James’s Piccadilly on 1 April 2023.

This come-and-sing workshop will be led by David Bates, one of Europe’s most exciting directors of Baroque music. David will work through movements of the Mass, bringing his unique flair for vocal communication, text and musical style. After a break for tea, we will have the opportunity to sing through the pieces we have rehearsed and, at 5.30pm, there will be an informal performance which friends and family of workshop participants are warmly invited to attend.

David Bates is artistic director of La Nuova Musica with whom he performs regularly at the Wigmore Hall, the London Handel Festival and on a string of critically acclaimed recordings. La Nuova Musica made their debut at the BBC Proms in July 2022 with Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (listen here), following David’s own debut last season directing the Britten Sinfonia. Abroad, he has conducted operas at Komische Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Hannover, Innsbrucker Festwochen, Cincinnati Opera and the Spoleto Festival, while in the UK his credits include Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Iford Arts.

Please note that we have reached capacity for this event and online booking is now closed. We may receive a small number of last-minute cancellations, so if you would like to attend the workshop please email, and we will let you know of any late availability.

Please do not turn up on the day without letting us know, since we will not have any spare loan scores available for use!

Tickets £25 | £20 concessions and under 28s
Tickets include the use of a loan score and refreshments.
All tickets must be booked in advance.
Enquiries should be sent to

Registration on the day starts at 1:30pm.