Choirs unite for choral tribute to Bach at St Paul’s

St Paul's Church choir
St Paul's Church choir

Three choirs Bedford, Mid Beds and Norway will join together for an evening of choral music at St Paul’s Church, this weekend.

The programme on Saturday, May 7, will celebrate J S Bach’s legacy with two cantatas, one sung by Kongsberg Kantori (no 106), the other by St Paul’s Church choir (no 150), but also with a beautiful 20th century piece derived from a Bach chorale, to be sung by all three choirs.

Written by the late leading Norwegian composer Knut Nystedt (1915-2014) a simple chorale setting of Come, sweet death, come, blessed rest is elevated into something more profound and timeless.

Moonlighters, based in Tempsford, will bring a lighter note with two arrangements by Bob Chilcott, Didn’t It Rain and Ev’ry time I Feel the Spirit and a further Traditional Spiritual, Steel Away arranged by David Blackwell.

Ian Runnells, director of St Paul’s choir, and Matthias Anger, Kantori’s director will each play a selection of organ pieces

The concert begins at 7pm and tickets are £8, or £5.00 F/T students and under 18, from the church office on 01234 340163 or at the door. Visit http://www.stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk