Bach Cantatas

23 – 31 August 2019

Phillippe Herreweghe course director
Dorothee Mields & Peter Kooij vocal coaches

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 rehearses and conducts Britten-Pears Young Artists in a programme of Bach Cantatas.

He is joined by tutors from his Collegium Vocale Ghent, including Christine Busch (violin/upper strings), Ageet Zweistra (cello/continuo), Marcel Ponseele (oboe/woodwinds), Maude Gratton (organ/continuo), Christoph Siebert (chorus master). Bringing their distinctive style of small-scale forces they work with both the instrumental and vocal ensemble. Instrumentalists are required to apply on period instruments, and 12 singers will form the chorus as well as being allocated step-out solos.
Some sessions and masterclasses will be open to the public.

Final Concert Fri 30 Aug 2019, 7.30pm, Snape Maltings Concert Hall as part of the Snape Proms

For this course we accept applications from singers (SATB) and instrumentalists (list below). Please apply on period instruments.

Flute (2 seats)
Oboe (2)
Bassoon (1)
Violin (6)
Viola (2)
Cello (2)
Double Bass (1)
Harpsichord & Organ (2)


This course is generously supported by the Scarfe Charitable Trust.

Applications for this course are now closed. 

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