Exaudi, a call to listen to Bach’s great cantatas
Sunday 8 May | New College Chapel, Oxford
The Oxford Bach Soloists bring two of Bach’s great cantatas to the city against the stunning backdrop of the chapel at New College.
The Sunday after Ascension Day is know as ‘Exaudi’ - meaning an appeal to listen, and marking a turning point in the church calendar.
Baroque composer J.S. Bach seized this opportunity to create two of his most beautiful cantatas for this day - and BOTH will be performed by the Oxford Bach Soloists on Sunday 8 May at 3.15pm.
However, as director Tom Hammond-Davies explains: "Although these two cantatas were written just a year apart in 1724 and 1725 - and set the same opening text to music, they couldn’t be more different: one is quite punchy and dramatic, the other dark and mysterious."
A rarely played instrument will also feature in this concert: the Oboe da caccia (pictured). This fascinating instrument is rarely heard and produces a deep sepulchral quality which is quite haunting.
Tickets are £10 and include a free programme.