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Like many others across the world we had to abandon our plans for a festival in May 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. We hope to share our music with you again in a few weeks, and to that end have planned a weekend of concerts - a condensed version of what we hoped to bring you earlier this year, and a taste of what is to come in Spring 2021.

For this special weekend, we feature the music of Rameau, Bach and Beethoven. Over six concerts, one service and many 'special features' we look to find out if these composers were at all understood by those around them, how they tried to understand the world around themselves, and if we can learn anything from this ourselves. As we head towards 2021, do we emerge with more, or less understanding of each other?
 

- Becoming Beethoven -

Friday 2nd October

- A taste of Rameau - Castor & Pollux -

Saturday 3rd October 6pm & 8pm

Rameau’s Castor et Pollux, perhaps his greatest opera, was the single work for which he was most
esteemed in his lifetime. THE OPERA COMPANY, ISTANTE COLLECTIVE and THE RAMEAU PROJECT are
joining forces to give the UK premiere of its original 1737 version in a brand new edition by
conductor and Rameau specialist Jonathan Williams.

On 3rd October at Heath Street Baptist Church we are offering a delicious "taster" menu of the
best arias and dances from the full opera. Rameau's music, endlessly inventive and fresh, will be
performed by a mini corona-safe band. They will be joined by two of our sensational singers from
next year's full production, Hilary Cronin and Xavier Hetherington, who will sing some of Rameau's
most inspired lyric creations.

This concert is the first stop in a year long project - Castor et Pollux: Rising Stars, which will
explore Rameau's Castor et Pollux, provide opportunities for the finest young voices in Britain to be
trained in the authentic Rameau style, and culminate in the UK premiere of the 1737 version in
London and Oxford.

Join us on the start of our journey!

 

- Home comforts with Bach -

Sunday 4th October 11am, 6pm & 8pm

In a time of covid, many of us have had to find different ways to find joy at home, in isolation, shielding or distancing. In this cantata, Bach shows us some of his home comforts.

11am - Service - As part of the church service of worship, we will be playing BWV 114 - Ach, lieben Christen, seid getrost (Ah, dear Christians, be comforted) Of course this is free to attend!

6pm - Our first Concert will be an instrumental programme featuring....

8pm - Our second concert will feature the cantata BWV 114 followed by a post concert discussion.