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From Russia With Love

RUSSIA came to St Thomas Church, Goring, on Saturday evening when Reading Bach Choir performed the sublime Rachmaninov Vespers.The audience arrived and left in falling snow and were seated amid soft candlelight in the beautiful Norman church so appropriate to … Continue reading

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50 Years of 50 Carols

SINGING every carol in the book raised nearly £500 for Marie Curie Cancer Care at Caversham Heights Church. Anyone who has ever sung in a choir at Christmas time will probably know the Carols For Choirs series. The first one … Continue reading

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Bach Choir pulls off tricky repertoire

THE Reading Bach Choir made a striking impression in their classic black evening dress with smart red music folders. With a disciplined entrance and the visual tone nicely set the concert kicked off — rather ambitiously — with Muhly’s I … Continue reading

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Pride in Choir

Entitled The Bach Family and their contemporaries, this concert featured choral works by the most famous Bach (Johann Sebastian), his second cousin Johann Ludwig, and his father-in-law Johann Michael. The arresting opening piece was Johann Michael’s lively motet for double … Continue reading

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Glorious musical evening

The Reading Bach Choir returned to its roots on Saturday evening with a concert entitled Glorious Baroque. This is truly a glorious genre of European music, and the concert featured arguably the greatest baroque composer of them all – J … Continue reading

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Seeing the light in Choir’s exquisite programme

JanJoost van Elburg is a distinguished conductor whose work sees him shuttling between Oxford, Reading and Amsterdam where he is a regular teacher and performer. His remarkable talents are matched by a choir of equally remarkable musical sensitivity and power. … Continue reading

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Concert was musical journey through all emotions

READING Bach Choir, directed by JanJoost van Elburg, began its concert at Dorchester Abbey with Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1640, completed 30 years after the better known 1610 set. The choir and the soloists gave a truly magnificent performance, exploiting the … Continue reading

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Monteverdi vespers of 1640

Like many choirs named after a composer, the Reading Bach Choir doesn’t confine itself exclusively to his music. The choir’s repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present, and often features unfamiliar, challenging works. Saturday’s concert was typically fearless, taking … Continue reading

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Skilful Passion

Henley Standard, 28/3/2008 Last Sunday Reading Bach Choir, City of London Chamber Players and Taplow Boys’ Choir performed J.S. Bach St Matthew Passion in The Concert Hall, Reading. We were treated to many moments of wonderful intense music in this … Continue reading

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It doesn’t come better than this

There is a timeless spirituality about Reading Bach Choir performing JS Bach. Their St Matthew Passion was sublime. Perfectionist JanJoost van Elburg rehearsed them long and hard and the resulting performance was sheer joy, written on the faces of performers … Continue reading

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