Immortal Bach

Saturday, November 2, 2019


Saturday 2nd November at 7.30pm

St Mary's Cathedral, Palmerston Place

The focus of our concert was Bach - JS Bach, for chorus and for cello along with other members of the Bach family as well as Bach as reimagined by Knut Nystedt, in the piece which gives us our concert title - "Immortal Bach".  We also presented Sir John Tavener's emotionally charged "Svyati", and brought our concert to a stunning close with Ēriks Ešenvalds' "In Paradisum".

The choir was thrilled that renowned cellist Su-a Lee joined us to start our new season of concerts. After graduating from the Julliard School, Seoul-born Su-a moved to Scotland to take up the role of Assistant Principal Cello with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a position she continues to hold. She is also very much in demand as a soloist and chamber music performer of extraordinary variety. We are very pleased that Su-a's Scottish Chamber Orchestra colleague, Brian Schiele joined us for our final work.

The concert was performed in the atmospheric St Mary's Cathedral, providing a rich acoustic for music of such depth.

Download the full concert programme here


Johann Sebastian Bach  Suite No.1 for solo cello (BWV 1007)   

Chorale: Jesu, meine Freude (JS Bach) 
Chorale: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein (JS Bach)    
Aria: Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben (JC Bach) 
Chorale: Es ist genug (JS Bach) 
                                        Menuet 1, Menuet 2
Geistliche Lied: Gross ist der Herr (CPE Bach)




Knut Nystedt      Immortal Bach

John Tavener      Svyati (O Holy One)  Cello soloist: Su-a Lee

Ēriks Ešenvalds   In Paradisum            Cello soloist: Su-a Lee; Viola soloist: Brian Schiele


Immortal Bach


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