Bach Christmas Oratorio
Parts 1, 2, 3 and 6
The final concert in the Bach Choral Masterpieces Series will be a performance of the Christmas Oratorio, a wonderful exploration of the nativity story and a work which features some of Bach’s most spectacular orchestration.
London Bach Singers
Charles Daniels Evangelist (Tenor)
Faye Newton Soprano
William Purefoy Alto
Ben Davies Bass
Martin Feinstein Director
The Christmas Oratorio has always been a popular favourite with both concert audiences and church-goers. Bach’s great masterpiece tells the story of Christ’s birth, using traditional passages from the Gospels interspersed with arias and choruses which brilliantly illuminate the narrative.
From the opening Chorus, featuring trumpets and timpani, to the exquisite Pastoral Sinfonia, with four solo oboes and flutes, the unusually rich orchestrations of the Christmas Oratorio provide a colourful canvas for the telling of the nativity story.
The London Bach Singers is a chamber choir of virtuosi, specifically founded to perform the great choral works of Bach with their sister group the Feinstein Ensemble.
The singers specialise in single-voice performances of Bach’s Cantatas, Passions and Masses. Each member is an established soloist in their own right all the singers have a vast experience in the performance of baroque music.
Specialising in the historically accurate performance of music from the 18th century, the Feinstein Ensemble’s concerts and recordings of the Baroque repertoire have been acclaimed internationally. The Ensemble performs often in London, including a series of Bach performances at Southbank Centre and a season of Cantata concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields. International tours have included the Far East, Germany, the Gulf and Egypt, Israel, Belgium and Holland. They can be heard on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and they recently broadcast a groundbreaking recording of Bach’s six Brandenburg Concerti for BBC Television. They have also recorded CDs for Naxos, Black Box Music and Sanctuary and recently completed a CD of Vivaldi concerti.