Monday, 22 October 2018

Choir going Bach to start for celebration

Choir going Bach to start for celebration

THE Reading Bach Choir will go back to where it all began at a concert to mark its 50th anniversary.

On February 11, the group will perform Bach’s Mass in B minor at Reading Concert Hall, where it held its first ever recital.

On January 25, 1967, more than 1,000 people flocked to the venue in Blagrave Street to watch the choir perform the same piece.

The B Minor mass, a musical arrangement of the Latin Mass, is one of Bach’s final compositions and widely regarded as one of the most important classical works.

It will feature soloists Susanna Hurrell (soprano), Ciara Hendrick (mezzo-soprano), Thomas Hobbs (tenor) and Edward Grint (bass) accompanied by the Orchestra Con Amici Barocco under musical director Matthew Hamilton.

Councillor Mohammed Ayub, the Mayor of Reading, is expected to attend along with past members and conductors.

The choir, which has about 50 members including many from the Henley area, has performed the works of about 200 composers from the Renaissance to the 21st century since its launch.

Earlier this month it held a public workshop on the Bach mass at Caversham Heights Methodist Church, which about 100 people attended.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £25 (£20 for over-60s and students, £5 for under-18s).

To book, call the box office on 0118 947 8097 or visit

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