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Yorkshire Bach Choir

Yorkshire Bach Choir

Yorkshire Bach Choir was formed in 1979 by Peter Seymour and performs a mixture of a cappella and accompanied choral music (with Yorkshire Baroque Soloists) from the mid-16th to early 19th centuries. The choir promotes a subscription series in York but in recent seasons has also appeared at Leipzig Bach Festival, Festival Mitte Europa, York Early Music Festival, Beverley Early Music Festival, Swaledale, Warwick, Ryedale and Northern Aldeborough Festivals.

The choir has recorded for ITV and Channel 4 as well as on many occasions for WDR-Köln and BBC Radio 3 in programmes from Monteverdi to Haydn.

Commercial recordings have included Mozart Requiem (in the completion the choir commissioned from Duncan Druce and now published by Novello); Bach Motets (Carlton); A Festal Mass at the Imperial Court in Vienna, 1648 (Carlton); Psalms and motets by Tomás Luis de Victoria; Monteverdi Vesperae della Beata Vergine (in the voices/continuo version); and Motets of the Bach Family.

Recent seasons’ repertoire has included music by Purcell and Handel for the Chapels Royal; Handel Messiah; music by Palestrina and Allegri for the Sistine Chapel; Bach St Matthew Passion; English 17th century spiritual music by Gibbons, Weelkes, Tomkins, Jeffreys; music of the Spectacular Italian Baroque including Handel Dixit Dominus, Vivaldi Gloria and Scarlatti Dixit Dominus; also Handel Saul, Haydn Stabat Mater and Michael Haydn Requiem, Bach Lutheran Masses and cantatas alongside programmes of Bach family motets, Victoria and the Spanish Renaissance, and Charpentier and the French Baroque.

www.yorkshirebachchoir.org.uk