Alongside important works by the Festival’s Patron, Eric Whitacre, this concert is based around the absent figure of Johann Sebastian Bach. It showcases the composers who most influenced the great master and those who were most influenced by him.
Schütz’s Seven Last Words was one of the most important precursors to Bach’s Passion settings and, along with Buxtehude, brought a real sense of drama and immediacy to the Protestant music of North Germany. In turn, Mendelssohn and Brahms especially revered Bach and in their choral works sought to emulate the older composer’s clarity and beauty of expression, in each case producing their most enduring masterpieces.
Whitacre | Lux Aurumque
Schütz | Jauchzet dem Herren, alle Welt
Buxtehude | Magnificat
Schütz | Seven Last Words
Whitacre | Sleep
Brahms | Geistliches Lied
Mendelssohn | Hear My Prayer – O for the Wings
Brahms | Schicksalslied
Conductor — John Andrews
Tickets £23 (premium) £18 (unreserved) £5 (children) — book online now!
Our premium tickets include a reserved seat (this differs per venue according to acoustic, but is usually 3–5 rows from the front, near the centre aisle), a programme, and a voucher for a drink which can be redeemed either before the concert or during the interval.