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Belfast Bach Consort: Cantata Series

Name:

Belfast Bach Consort

Location:

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Venues:

St Thomas' Church, Lisburn Road, Belfast (and occasionally additionally in other venues)

Years:

Since 2008 (Cantata Series)

Months:

3rd Sunday of each month (apart from breaks in July, August and December)

Artistic Director:

Andrea Rea (2008-2012)
No fixed conductor (since 2013)

Ensembles:

Belfast Bach Consort (Choir & Orchestra)

Website:

Belfast Bach Consort on Facebook
St. Thomas' Parish Church, Belfast: Bach Consort
Baelfast Bach Consort on YouTube (James Stinton)

History & Mission:

The Belfast Bach Consort performs on the 3rd Sunday of each month (with breaks for summer and Christmas) in St Thomas's Church, Lisburn Road, Belfast (and occasionally additionally in other venues). We started in 2008 and are about a third of the way through what we hope will be a full cycle of the cantatas. The Consort was established by Andrea Rea and Marcus Patton, and Andrea was the regular conductor for the first five years; presently there is no fixed conductor and the role is shared by half a dozen conductors.
This is the first attempt at the cycle in Northern Ireland, and probably the first time the cantatas have been regularly performed in Ireland as part of a church service. The cantatas are put on one each month, generally drawing on appropriate cantatas for the time of the church year. They are performed on a "scratch" basis, with open access for singers and instrumentalists but are supported by a regular core of good musicians. While not achieving the highest standards of musicianship because of the short rehearsal time and open access, they feel this reflects the manner in which the cantatas were originally performed, often with limited rehearsal time and the forces that were available to J.S. Bach at the time.

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Source: Marcus Patton (October 2015)

Prepared by Aryeh Oron (October 2015)

Andrea Rea: Short Biography | Belfast Bach Consort | Recordings of Vocal Works | Belfast Bach Consort: Cantata Series


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Major Bach Events: Year 2017 | Year 2016 | Year 2015 | Year 2014 | Year 2013 | Year 2012 | Year 2011 | Year 2010 | Year 2009



 

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