Saturday, 28th November, 2015 at 7:30pm, St James' Church Muswell Hill, London N10

Introduction from Murray Hipkin, Musical Director. (Please note this concert has now taken place.)

I am delighted to invite you to our next concert which features music by J S Bach.

Last performed by NLC in 2003, the Magnificat in D is one of Bach’s most challenging choral pieces and was his first major liturgical work in Latin. The text, from St Luke, is the hymn of joy sung by Mary to Elizabeth when both were pregnant. We will also be performing the four short Christmas Interpolations which were originally composed for an earlier version of the Magnificat.

To complete the evening we will be singing Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the Christmas Oratorio. The complete work is made up of six separate cantatas which were never designed to be performed together, but played on particular days of the liturgical calendar. The narrative of the first three parts covers the birth of Christ, the annunciation to the shepherds and their adoration of the newborn Jesus. Arias and chorales are framed by longer choruses and linked by a narrator, the Evangelist. We will be singing in the excellent English translation by Neil Jenkins. NLC last performed the piece in December 2000.

The choir will once again be accompanied by the Meridian Sinfonia on period instruments, and the four soloists are led by the Baroque specialist tenor, Thomas Walker, recently seen at ENO in Peter Sellars’ production of Purcell’s The Indian Queen. Soprano Eleanor Dennis (Micaela in ENO’s Carmen) and the Muswell Hill based couple Catherine Hopper and Samuel Evans complete the starry line-up.

Please note that the concert is now completely sold out and no more tickets are available.

I do hope that you will be able to join us to experience this wonderful music.

With best wishes,

Murray Hipkin

Musical Director - North London Chorus