Singing Workshop: Bach’s Mass in B Minor
View repertoireJoin 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.
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Tickets £25 | £20 concessions and under 28s
Tickets include the use of a loan score and refreshments.
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Registration on the day starts at 1:30pm.
Led by Neil Ferris, Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus and Artistic Director of the professional chamber choir, Sonoro.
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Join us for an afternoon workshop exploring Rachmaninov’s seminal choral masterpiece, The All-Night Vigil, commonly known as the Vespers.
The workshop will be lead by Neil Ferris, Chorus Director of the BBC Symphony Chorus and Artistic Director of the professional chamber choir, Sonoro. Neil will bring his considerable expertise, vocal knowledge and flair to work on music that is as rich as it is rewarding, not to mention in Russian! After working through a varied selection of movements, the afternoon will culminate in a run-through of the works rehearsed.
We will be singing in Church Slavonic and are delighted to have professional language coach, Frank Althaus, to guide us through the intricacies and subtleties of pronunciation. We will also be joined by our regular accompanist, Andrew Wells.
Tickets: £20 | £15 concessions/under 28s (includes loan scores). Please use the booking form below.
The workshop will run from 2:00–6:00 pm, with registration taking place from 1:30pm.
Please note that all tickets must be booked in advance.
St Peter’s Church is a Covid-secure venue and safety precautions will be in place. While masks will not be required for singing, we ask that participants wear a mask when moving around the Church. We also kindly request that all participants take a Lateral Flow Test on the morning of the workshop, and do not attend in the event of a positive result.
The Church is a 15-minute walk from Turnham Green underground station (District Line) or you can catch an E3 bus. Alternatively, it is a 10-minute walk from South Acton or Acton Central overground stations. There is free parking in the surrounding streets.
Unfortunately due to current restrictions we are unable to serve refreshments. There will be a short break during the afternoon so you may wish to bring your own thermos and snack, as well as a bottle of water.
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