On Sunday 10th December 2023 at 5pm (4:15pm doors), Union Chapel will host a very special concert.
The Eclectic Voices choir, founded three decades ago in Highbury, will join period instrument specialists the City Bach Ensemble for a concert showcasing the music of Bach and Vivaldi from 300 years ago.
The concert will feature world-renowned soloist Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano) and rising star Jonathan Eyers (bass) from New Zealand.
The programme comprises much-loved classics that premiered 300 years ago.
- Bach: Chorus and Chorale, Singet dem Herrn BWV 190
- Bach: In Dulci Jubilo BWV 608, BWV 368
- Bach: Motet Singet dem Herrn BWV 225 (1727)
- Vivaldi: Winter from The Four Seasons (1723)
- Bach: Magnificat (1723)
Dame Carolyn Emma Kirkby, DBE, an English soprano and one of the world’s most renowned early music specialists, has sung on over 100 recordings. A founding member of the Taverner Choir, she taught for many years at the Dartington International Summer School, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Bel Canto Summer School. In 1994, Kirkby was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Music) from the University of Bath and in 2011 the Queen’s Medal for Music.
City Bach Collective is a group of professional musicians who music from Bach and his contemporaries on period instruments. They play in the Bach Vespers series in churches in the City of London and perform several concerts.
Eclectic Voices is an ambitious and versatile choir that sings in an unusually wide range of styles: classical, contemporary, ethnic, folk and world music, gospel and jazz. It has performed in a variety of settings, including many world premières.
Scott Stroman is a conductor, composer, trombonist and singer in a uniquely broad range of musical styles, from jazz to classical, contemporary, and world music. A native of the USA based in London since 1982, he founded EV in 1991 and is director of the London Jazz Orchestra, artistic director of Highbury Opera Theatre, Director of Music at the American International Church, and a professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he developed and directed their world-class jazz programme. He works with orchestras, choirs, opera companies and jazz groups throughout the UK and Europe.