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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-03-03

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Reformation 500th Anniversary in Liverpool

Liverpool Bach Collective at Christ Church, Waterloo

THE celebrations of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation are in full swing, and Liverpool's 2 Lutheran congregations are joining together for a celebration which will include:- 'Johann Sebastian Bach's Reformation Cantata.'

As neither the German Church in Bedford Street or the Nordic Church, Park Lane will be large enough to house the expected gathering, the 'Gottesdienst' service will be held in the Church of St Vincent de Paul, St James Street, Liverpool (L1 5HA), and it will be led by the pastors of the German Church, Revv DiemutCramer and Olaf Burghardt.

Liverpool Bach Collective at Our Lady’s Church, Birkenhead

The 'Reformation Cantata Ein feste burg ist unser Gott' is based on Martin Luther's hymn of the same name:- 'A Mighty Fortress' is our God, 1 of the flagship hymns of the reformation, and it will be performed as part of the 'Gottesdienst,' by the Liverpool Bach Collective. The event will take place on Sunday, 5 March 2017, at 6.30pm.

The 8 singers of the Collective will be joined by a dozen instrumentalists, playing oboes, oboes d'amore, bassoon, violins, viola, cello and double bass, organ and harpsichord. The music will be directed by Philip Duffy.

Liverpool Bach Collective was founded 3 years ago, and each month it performs 1 of Bach's 200 cantatas as part of 'Sunday Evensong' in a church around Merseyside.

To date it has performed 26 cantatas in 18 different churches, from Hightown to Rainhill and Ince Blundell to Birkenhead. The ensemble has gathered quite a following of interested listeners, and a large congregation is expected.

It so happens that the Reformation Cantata is a set work for this year's A level music syllabus, and music students from years 12 and 13 of local Schools have been invited to attend the performance. It will provide them with the rare opportunity not only to hear a live performance of the cantata, but to experience it in the liturgical context for which Bach composed it in the 1st place. For more information about this event and many others across the 67 European Cities taking part, click on this link now, or visit the Liverpool Bach Collective's Facebook Page.


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