Amici Voices - Saturday 5 December

Consort group of former Choral Scholars, Amici Voices, performs Bach as it would have been heard in his day.

Amici Voices

Amici Voices was founded in 2012 for a performance of Bach's John Passion. Born as an opportunity for some of the best young voices in the UK, all then current Choral Scholars at Trinity, to experience first-hand the world of professional consort work, the singers are united by their drive to create the highest quality music with their close friends.

Three years on, the members of Amici Voices are all now experienced consort singers and soloists in their own right; their reputations as both individuals and an ensemble steadily growing. This year brought a new expansion in both the repertoire and permutations of the group with an exploration of secular and sacred vocal music for 2-4 voices from the 14th and 15th centuries in commemoration of the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt (featured on BBC Radio 3 In Tune), a performance of Bach's B minor mass in collaboration with St Albans Chamber Choir and the award of a grant from the Agincourt600 fund to record their first CD.

Following their hugely popular performances of Bach's large scale sacred works over the last three years, Amici Voices will again perform his masterpiece, the Christmas Oratorio, in High Street Methodist Church, Harpenden on Saturday 5 December 2015. Directed by harpsichordist and Professor at the Royal College of Music, Terence Charlston, the group are joined on by the Amici Baroque Players – an ensemble of some of the UK's finest baroque instrumentalists. Together they will recreate a 'one-per-part' performance of Bach's festive masterpiece as it might have been heard in his day. The relatively small number of performers (just under 30 with one player and singer per part) brings the music of this highly dramatic work closer to the listener and recreates the forces which Bach had available at the first performance.

For us, the singers of Amici Voices, this concert has particular significance. Each Christmas during our time as Choral Scholars we sang the Christmas Oratorio under the baton of Stephen Layton at St John's Smith Square. It is a real honour for us to have learnt such a great work in Trinity College Choir and now to be building on our musical understanding of it with new forces and for a new audience.


BACH Christmas Oratorio

Amici Voices ∙ Amici Baroque Players
7.30pm, performance will end by 10.00pm.

Tickets: £15 (students & under 18s £5) unreserved seating
Available from 01582 462024


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Published on 24 November 2015

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