Choir on song for Bach’s ‘mighty’ Mass

Choir on song for Bach’s ‘mighty’ Mass

JS Bach’s mighty Mass in B Minor was not performed in its entirety in his lifetime. He assembled it from pieces composed over 20 years, but on July 28, 1750, less than a year after its completion, he died after an eye operation.

But his reputation survived in folk memory and 80 years later Felix Mendelssohn restored Bach’s place in history with a momentous performance of his St Matthew Passion.

The B Minor Mass, which will be performed by the Culwick Choral Society at the NCH on Wednesday, has been described as being “as dramatic in its effect as it is monumental, contributing to the impression of a work which seems to contain twice the amount of music...

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