Bach at St Saviour’s

Liverpool Bach Collective recently opened its 2019-2020 cycle of cantatas here at St Saviour’s.

The ensemble was formed in 2013 and aims to produce performances of J. S. Bach’s cantatas in churches in and around Liverpool as part of a Sunday service of Evensong or Vespers.

A celebration of music – voices, woodwind, strings, trumpets and timpani join together to praise God

The Collective is directed by Philip Duffy, formerly Master of the Music at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral who approached us at the beginning of the year with a view to opening the new cycle of cantatas.

The service was formed of Evensong, with the Collective beginning the cantata after the conclusion of the collects.

The work performed was Under Mund sei voll Lachens (May our mouths be full of laughter) written by Bach for performance on Christmas Day in 1725 and performed twice on that day in Leipzig – once in the Nicolaikirche and again at the Thomaskirche.

Speaking after the service, our Vicar, the Rev Dr Joe Kennedy said: “It was a delightful and very moving service, especially as this performance was possibly very similar to the way the Lutheran Church would have run their service.”

“The standard of musicianship was extremely high and this was a wonderful way to praise God through music on a beautiful summer’s evening.”

So read the article about this event on the Diocesan website, click here.