The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage comes to Romsey Abbey

On 31 January, we took part in our first concert of the year. It was given at the Abbey by Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the world-famous Monteverdi Choir, accompanied by the English Baroque Soloists.

The Choir of Romsey Abbey in rehearsal with the
Monteverdi Choir conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner

They generously invited us to join them to sing, as a preface to their performance, the chorales from the Cantatas on the programme:

  • 81 Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen
  • 14 Wär Gott nich mit uns diese Zeit
  • 26 Ach, wie flüchtig

Sir John
Eliot Gardiner

The Choir also sang the Motet Jesu meine Freude.

This concert – one of only seventeen in England – formed part of their Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, in which they will be singing the complete cycle of Bach Cantatas in venues throughout Western Europe and North America. Their engagement prior to Romsey, for example, was the Chiesa di San Marco in Milan, whilst March saw them in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.

Further information about the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage is available on the Monteverdi Choir web site.