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90th Anniversary Season

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"This 90th anniversary season sees the Leicester Bach Choir continuing its long history celebrating great choral music. This sociable group perform a wide range of repertoire and are a testimony to the joy to be found in singing together. The LBC has brought much pleasure to audiences for 90 years. Congratulations LBC and thank you!" - Joanne Lunn, President.

Joanne Lunn

90th Anniversary Season

In 2017 Leicester Bach Choir celebrates the 90th Anniversary of its foundation, by the then Master of the Music at the newly hallowed Cathedral, Dr Gordon Slater. The first performance was given in the Cathedral, on 1 April 1928, of selections from J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Under the nearly forty-year tenure of Dr Slater’s successor, Dr George Gray, the choir’s remit was expanded to include works by many composers, both contemporary and of the past, but the music of Bach has remained central to the repertoire, with the major works, both Passion settings, the Mass in B minor and the Christmas Oratorio, being performed at regular intervals. Successive conductors have made their own stamp on the choir, and under the present Music Director, Richard Laing(who after fourteen years is the second longest holder of that post) , the choir is continuing to produce concerts of the highest quality, securely fulfilling the aims of its founders: several years ago, however, the link with the Cathedral was finally severed, with the choir moving to the Church of St James the Greater as its home for rehearsals and concerts.

This 90th Anniversary Season has the concert on 24 March 2018 as its centrepiece, coming almost exactly 90 years after that first concert. Here Bach’s extended motet Jesu, meine Freude, is set against music by one of his predecessors, Heinrich Schütz, and that of later German and Austrian composers much of whose choral music has its seeds in that of Bach, notably Mendelssohn and Brahms. The other two concerts, and January’s Come and Sing, contain music by British composers of the 19th and 20th centuries who also held Bach in reverence: Sir Charles Stanford and Sir Hubert Parry of an earlier generation, and their pupils, Gustav Holst, John Ireland, Hamish MacCunn and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as Ireland’s pupil Benjamin Britten’s cantata St Nicolas, which in its form also owes a debt to the cantatas of Bach.

Thus Leicester Bach Choir can both look back with pride on 90 years of quality music-making in the city, and forward with confidence to the centenary and beyond – surely both excellent reasons to celebrate!

Next Concert Saturday 25th November 2017

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Last concert 10th June 2017

The Two Golden Ages of Cathedral Music

Past concert 8th April 2017

JS Bach: St John Passion

With New Leicester Youth Chorus

Past concert Come & Sing 28th January 2017

"Captains Courageous" (Cantatas by British Romantic Composers)

Past Concert 3rd December 2016

Duruflé Requiem; Messe "Cum Jubilo", & Fauré Messe Basse

With Simon Hogan - Organ

Past Concert 16th October 2016

Elgar: Dream of Gerontius

With the Bardi Symphony Orchestra, Leicester Philharmonic Choir and Leicestershire Chorale at the de Montfort Hall.

Past Concert 11th June 2016

Parry: Songs of Farewell - Dvořák: Mass in D Major

Conductor: Richard Laing
Organist: Ivan Linford

Past Concert 5th March 2016

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle
Director: Richard Laing

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'Thanks so much for inviting me to the AGM and rehearsal last night.  I loved it and would absolutely love to join the choir. I found you all very welcoming, and really liked what I heard at the AGM about the ethos. Singing together can so powerful and moving - life-enhancing.'

We are proud to be amateurs since that means we sing for the love of it, while aiming to put on performances that express the truth and vitality of each work. We are hugely encouraged in this endeavour by Richard Laing, our Director of Music. Reviewers often describe his conducting as inspiring and dynamic, and our singing certainly flies on those energetic wings, but that does not entirely capture what Richard brings.

Communicating effectively requires both amateur and professional performers to develop ‘ensemble’, a sense of mutual understanding. As LBC members and the growing number of people who attend our January 'Come and Sing' know well, Richard's humanity and wit spread a warmth that connects people. Not a bad thing in a world that is starting to wonder if rampant individualism is all it's cracked up to be.

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