Next Concert

Saturday 11th June 2022

Romsey Abbey

Bach – Mass in B minor

Bournemouth Bach Choir and Orchestra

Tim Hooper – Conductor

Tickets £15, £20 (children free) are available from:  Romsey Visitor Information Centre, 13 Church St, Tel: 01794 512 987

Online or at the door on the night.

Grateful thanks to Stephen Feltham and Chorali Fiscus for their generous support and sponsorship of this concert.

June 2022 poster

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”  Johannes Sebastian Bach 

Our MD Tim Hooper says:
There are few pieces of music that a conductor looks forward to more than Bach’s mighty Mass in B minor. It is, rightly, regarded as one of the greatest works in western music. There are many reasons why it is so special, not least of which is because it is a summation of Bach’s genius, bringing together choral, vocal and orchestral writing at its most brilliant. There is music of utter and all-consuming joy, as well as sadness and deep melancholy. The work is breathtaking in its scale; with a full festive orchestra of trumpets, timpani, flutes, oboes, bassoons and strings, the work ranges from mighty 8-part choral counterpoint, down to arias accompanied by solo instruments and continuo. Bach never heard it in its complete form; indeed it was never intended for a performance. It started life in 1733 when Bach wrote the opening Missa, the Kyrie and Gloria. He didn’t finish it until the year before he died. What Bach left us is beyond compare and we can only marvel at what he created.