Concert 2017 04 08 – Northampton Philharmonic Choir

Saturday 8 April 2017
J. S. Bach St John Passion
  sung in English
St Michael’s Church
Perry Street

Amici Voices, soloists

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 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 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.

At its core, Amici Voices is a consort group of around eight singers. It is, however, a versatile unit and can be heard in a variety of combinations, involving all or just a few of the singers. Its initial aims were to approach the large scale works of Bach as a group of soloists familiar with each others voices and used to singing together on a regular basis. From this, the group has moved beyond just the yearly Passion performances to concerts and solo appearances across the UK. They made their international debut last year when they were invited to present a special service of music and words to mark Good Friday in Oudenaarde, Belgium. This year sees 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, and a collaboration with St Albans Chamber Choir.

Amici Voices are extremely grateful for the support they have received from their audiences in Harpenden, Hertfordshire over the last 3 years. The town has been a home for the group since its foundation, providing a vital local platform that has allowed its development from a young student group to the world of professional music making. We are particularly indebted to our principal sponsor, Mr Jan Telensky, who has generously supported the performances of Bach’s Passions since 2012, and to The Williams Church Music Trust.

Musica Donum Dei, orchestra

Musica Donum Dei was founded as a small chamber group to perform late 17th- and early 18th-century music on original instruments (or modern copies) in an historically informed style. Based in the East Midlands, core members have worked together in MDD for 20 years, and have established a rare degree of musical understanding which supports the high quality of performance. In addition, from time to time, MDD performs and commissions contemporary music written for early instruments, and it also ‘expands’ to provide a full-sized orchestra to accompany choirs in large-scale choral works of the period. Our repertoire includes instrumental and vocal music from the early 17th to the mid-18th centuries: the age of Monteverdi, Purcell, Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach and Handel. Known for our unusual and accessible programmes, we often include readings, dramatisations and visual images alongside the music to evoke the spirit of the age in lively and imaginative ways.

Northampton Philharmonic Choir
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