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It’s now nearly twenty years after the momentous Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000 where Sir John Eliot Gardiner led the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists trailblazing tour, performing all 198 of Bach’s sacred Cantatas in more than 60 churches throughout Europe and the US.

In May and June this year, Sir john Eliot Gardiner and the same two celebrated ensembles will draw inspiration from that phenomenal achievement and embark on a major new Bach Cantata project. This two-month tour will bring a carefully selected programme of Cantatas from across the liturgical calendar to audiences in prominent concert halls and churches throughout Europe.

In May, the tour will commence with eleven European dates including visits to the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, the Frauenkirche at the Dresden Music Festival and the Musikverein in Vienna. These are closely followed by performances at the Liszt Academy, Budapest along with a visit to the prestigious Prague Spring Festival before finishing the May leg of the tour in Italy with dates in Perugia, Pavia and Bologna.

The programme during this first part of the tour will feature a mixed programme of highlights from Easter, Trinity and Advent Cantatas that will take audiences on a journey across the sacred calendar and showcase some of Bach’s finest and most memorable ecclesiastical writing.

MAY
Tue   8   8.15pm  Concertgebouw   Amsterdam  BWV 12 | 70 | 78 | 140   Programme info   Book Now
Wed   9   8pm  Audimax  Regensburg  BWV 12 | 70 | 78 | 140  Programme info  Book Now
Fri  11   8pm  Frauenkirche  Dresden  BWV 12 | 70 | 78 | 140  Programme info  Book Now
Sat  12   8pm  Kölner Philharmonie   Koln  BWV 12 | 70 | 78 | 140  Programme info  Book Now
Sun  13   8pm  Phiharmonie  Luxembourg  BWV 12 | 70 | 78 | 140  Programme info  More info
Tue  15   7.30pm   Musikverein  Vienna  BWV 12 | 70 | 78 | 140  Programme info  Book Now
Wed  16   7.30pm  Liszt Academy   Budapest  BWV 12 | 70 | 78 | 140  Programme info  Book Now 
Thu  17   8pm  Dvořák Hall  Prague  BWV 12 | 70 | 81 | 140  Programme info  Book Now
Sat  19   8.30pm  Baslica di San Pietro  Perugia  BWV 78 | 140 | 81 | 20  Programme info  Book Now
Sun  20   TBC  Venue TBC  Pavia  BWV 78 | 140 | 81 | 20  Programme info
Mon  21   8.30pm  Auditorium Manzoni  Bologna  BWV 78 | 140 | 81 | 20  Programme info

Then in June, our attentions turn to what promises to be a landmark series of Cantata performances in Leipzig, where John Eliot Gardiner, in his role as President of the Bach Archiv, has assembled an impressive roster of the world's best Bach performers. These include Tom Koopman with his Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Masaaki Suzuki with the Bach Collegium Japan, and the Gaechinger Cantorey with their new director Hans-Christoph Rademan along with Bach’s own choir, the Thomaner with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Thomaskantor Gotthold Schwarz. 

Watch short trailer about the Leipzig Cantata Ring project here >>

They will be joined by John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir to take part in the Leipzig Cantata Ring: 30 sacred Cantatas, performed cyclically in nine concerts and one motet during one weekend, alternating between the churches of St. Thomas and St. Nicholas and arranged by the place of each cantata in the liturgical year – from the first Sunday of Advent to the 27th Sunday after Trinity Sunday.

This same 'Ring' of Cantatas will then travel to London's Barbican between 15-17 June for their Bach Weekend before ending the tour in Paris with one final series of Cantata performances at the Chapelle Royale, Versailles and another Parisian venue which will be announced soon.

JUNE
Fri  8  8pm   Nikolaikirche   Leipzig   BWV 61 | 36 | 70 | 110  Programme info   Book Now
Sat  9  8pm  Nikolaikirche  Leipzig  BWV 12 | 103 | 34 | 20  Programme info  Book Now
Sun   10   8pm  Nikolaikirche  Leipzig  BWV 19 | 101 | 78 | 140   Programme info  Book Now
Tue  12  8pm  Kaiserdom   Königslutter   BWV 12 | 20 | 103 | 34  Programme info  Book Now 
Fri  15  7.30pm   Barbican  London  BWV 61 | 81 | 70 | 110  Programme info  Book Now
Sat  16  7.30pm  Barbican  London  BWV 12 | 103 | 34 | 20  Programme info  Book Now
Sun  17  7.30pm  Barbican  London   BWV 19 | 101 | 78 | 140  Programme info  Book Now
Wed  20  8pm  Chapelle Royale  Versailles   BWV 12 | 103 | 34 | 20  Programme info  Book Now
Thu  21  8pm  Chapelle Royale   Versailles  BWV 61 | 36 | 70 | 110  Programme info  Book Now







2018 CANTATA PROJECT

It’s now nearly twenty years after the momentous Bach Cantata Pilgrimmage in 2000 where Sir John Eliot Gardiner led the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists trailblazing tour, performing all 198 of Bach’s sacred cantatas in more than 60 churches throughout Europe and the US. In May and June this year, Sir john Eliot Gardiner and the same two celebrated ensembles will draw inspiration from that phenomenal achievement and embark on a major new Bach Cantata project. This two-month tour will bring a carefully selected programme of Cantatas from across the liturgical calendar to audiences in prominent concert halls and churches across Europe.

 

In May, the tour will commence with eleven European dates including visits to the world-famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Frauenkirche at the Dresden Music Festival and the magnificent Musikverein in Vienna before concluding with three Italian concerts in Perugia, Pavia and Bologna.

The programme during this first part of the tour will feature a delicious mixed programme of Easter, Trinity and Advent Cantatas that will take audiences on a journey across the sacred calendar and showcase some of Bach’s finest and most memorable ecclesiastical writing.

 

Highlights of the evening programmes will include the profound contemplative beauty contained within Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (BWV 12) with its wistful opening Oboe section and soaring solo and choral passages and the wonderful sonorous diversity within Jesu, der du meine Seele (BWV 78) and its poignant opening fantasia chorus. But then no Bach cantata programme would be complete without one of his best known and much-loved pieces Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140) which many regard as among his greatest works and containing some of his most tuneful inventions including the unforgettable Zion hört die Wächter singen. Also included is the equally notable tour-de-force, Wachet! betet! betet! Wachet (BWV 70) with its inspirational trumpeted choruses and reflective middle sections.