Barts Choir

Barts Choir sings Bach and Handel

Thursday 14 December 2017, 19:30 & Friday 15 December 2017, 19:30

Past Event
Barts Choir sings Bach and Handel Past Event


Bach Christmas Oratorio (Parts I-III)

Handel Foundling Hospital Anthem (choruses)


Grace Davidson soprano

Katie Coventry mezzo-soprano

Ben Johnson tenor

Benedict Nelson baritone

Ivor Setterfield conductor

Barts Choir

Trafalgar Baroque Ensemble

In his Christmas Oratorio Bach drew on a long German tradition of sung Christmas narratives but as always surpassed them.

Like his Passion settings, the Biblical narrative is interspersed with solos and choruses commenting on the action. Though written in six parts to be performed over the main feast days of the Christmas season, it forms a continuous whole, especially Parts I-III describing the birth of Jesus, the angels appearing to the shepherds, and their visit to the manger.

Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem, if less familiar, fits the season with its charitable theme, and the concert ends with the Hallelujah chorus from Messiah.

Ticket Information

£30, £22

Students: 50% off £22 tickets (limited availability)

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