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Bach Cantatas

Philippe Herreweghe • Collegium Vocale Gent

23 – 31 August 2019

Phillippe Herreweghe course director
Peter Kooij vocal coach

J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 78 Jesu, der du meine Seele
Cantata BWV 105 Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht
Missa brevis BWV 236
Motet BWV 118 O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht

Philippe Herreweghe is rightly seen as a legendary figure in the world of baroque music: his innovative approach and constant curiosity has led to great acclaim as a conductor of repertoire from the Renaissance to the Romantic eras, working with some of the world’s greatest orchestra, with an extensive discography of more than 120 recordings. But the music of Bach is a core part of his musical life and on this course, he rehearsed and conducted Britten-Pears Young Artists in a programme of Bach Cantatas.

He was joined by tutors from his Collegium Vocale Gent, including Christine Busch (violin/upper strings), Ageet Zweistra (cello/continuo), Marcel Ponseele (oboe/woodwinds), Maude Gratton (organ/continuo), Christoph Siebert (chorus master) and guest tutor Lisa Besnoziuk (flute). Bringing their distinctive style of small-scale forces, they worked with both the instrumental and vocal ensembles. Instrumentalists performed on period instruments, and 12 singers will formed the chorus as well as being allocated step-out solos.

Final Concert Fri 30 Aug 2019, 7.30pm, Snape Maltings Concert Hall as part of the Snape Proms
Some sessions and masterclasses were open to the public.


This course is generously supported by the Scarfe Charitable Trust.

Vocal Participants

Sojeong Im
Ellen McAteer
Claire Ward
Robin Bier
Kimberly Leeds
Nicholas Burns
Benjamin Durrant
Mitch Raemakers
David Tayloe
Jolyon Loy
Jonathon Adams
Edward Vogel


Violin Rebecca Bell, Florian Dantel, Noemy Gagnon-Lafrenais, Ida Meidell Blylod, Isabel Soteras Valenti, Andrew Wong

Viola Natalia Duarte, Marie Stockmarr Becker

Cello Miriam Nohl, Marina Sanchez

Bass Peter Ferretti

Harpsichord Thomas Allery, Marta López Fernández

Traverso Miriam Kaczor, Eriko Oi

Oboe Katie Lewis, Maria Raffaele

Bassoon Mark Wilson

Applications for this course are now closed. 

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