POSTPONED: University of Essex Choir

Saturday 2 May 2020 6pm

The University of Essex choir regrets that the performance of the Bach B minor mass planned for 2 May 2020 must be postponed, in line with government guidelines for protecting the population.

The concert has been rescheduled for 3 October. Tickets already bought will be valid on this later date. Those who would prefer a refund are asked to contact us by email:

University of Essex Choir
London Handel Orchestra
Richard Cooke conductor


Bach Mass in B Minor

The Mass in B minor (BWV 232) by Johann Sebastian Bach is a musical setting of the complete Ordinary of the Latin Mass. The work was one of Bach’s last compositions, not completed until 1749, the year before his death. Much of the Mass gave new form to vocal music that Bach had composed throughout his career, dating back to 1714, but extensively revised. To complete the work, in the late 1740s Bach composed new sections of the Credo such as Et incarnatus est.

It was unusual for composers working in the Lutheran tradition to compose a Missa tota and Bach’s motivations remain a matter of scholarly debate. The Mass was never performed in its entirety during Bach’s lifetime; the first documented complete performance took place in 1859. Since the nineteenth century it has been widely hailed as one of the greatest compositions in musical history, and today it is frequently performed and recorded. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach archived this work as the Great Catholic Mass.

Presented by University of Essex Choir