Haydn’s Salve Regina is full of beautiful word-painting, and amply illustrates the composer’s ability to innovate. At one moment the organ provides discreet accompaniment to choir and orchestra, the next moment it is a prominent soloist.
Late in his short life Mozart ‘discovered’ the music of JS Bach, and from that time something of the great man’s style enhanced Mozart’s own music. Misericordias Domini is a perfect example of this influence; the piece contains much brilliant, elaborate counterpoint.
It is often forgotten that Bach himself wrote five so-called Lutheran Masses, i.e. settings of the Kyrie and Gloria. Mass in G minor features colourful orchestration, intricate choral writing with real impact, and arias for soloists that are a perfect blend of lyrical melody and sublime harmony.
Taken together, these four pieces represent a powerful demonstration of the art of choral writing by four of the world’s greatest composers.
The English Baroque Choir is one of the finest amateur choirs you will find in London.
We perform a wide range of repertoire, from the 15th century right through to the present day, in intelligent, well-structured concert programmes.
We recently performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion at St John’s Smith Square, with our patron, Dame Emma Kirkby, as soloist.
In 2013 the choir commissioned a new work, Psalm-Cantata by John McCabe CBE, and proudly gave the premiere performance in St John’s Smith Square.