Anniversary in Liverpool
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.
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
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