This is truly a glorious genre of European music, and the concert featured arguably the greatest baroque composer of them all – J S Bach – with his contemporary Antonio Lotti. It is known that Bach had a copy of the Lotti Missa Sapientiae (performed by the choir at this concert), and that he studied Lotti’s music in preparation for writing the famous B Minor Mass. The Missa Sapientiae was therefore a very suitable opening piece, followed by Bach’s Jesu meine Freude and the Magnificat.

The choir was very much at home with these works, and gave the powerful and compelling performance which we have come to expect from them. They clearly enjoy singing under their Music Director, Matthew Hamilton, and it shows in the quality of their performance. The choir was accompanied by the superb Reading Bach Baroque Orchestra with organ continuo Tom Primrose, and enjoyed the talents of no less than six excellent soloists including the choir’s own Peter Shirley-Quirk. This was altogether a spellbinding concert, and they left us wanting more, which is how it should be.

With music and performance of this standard the choir’s next concert on 19th November at St Luke’s Church, Reading, is not to be missed!

Reproduced with kind permission of the Henley Standard.