Friday 9 April 2021

Breaking the silence: Oxford Bach Soloists and Positive Note present a weekly series of films of Bach's Mass in B minor

Having given us Bach's St John Passion recorded in isolation, tenor Daniel Norman's Positive Note film production company is returning with Bach's Mass in B Minor but this will be something more than a performance of Bach's masterpiece. In four weekly episodes (starting at 6pm tonight, 9 April 2021) the films are intended to music, liturgy and buildings back life during Eastertide.

Filmed at Oxford Oratory, Westminster Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the films will feature featuring singers from Oxford Bach Soloists and The Choir of the Oxford Oratory, with Oxford Bach Soloists (on period instruments) conducted by Tom Hammond-Davies. There will be guest appearances (recorded from their own homes) by the Schola Cantorum of Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, The Choir of the London Oratory, The Gesualdo Six, and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir, with soloists Sophie Bevan (soprano), Mary Bevan (soprano), Marta Fontanals-Simmons (mezzo soprano), William Purefoy (counter tenor), Nick Pritchard (tenor), Daniel Norman (tenor), Brindley Sherratt (bass), Stephan Loges (bass baritone).

Each episode is themed around movements of the mass, but each ends with a series of interviews as well, with performers, clergy, and more including two homeless artists, David Tovey and Mitchel Ceney, whose collaborative work emerges during the films.

Further information from Positive Note films.

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