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Thu 20 Jun 2019

The Anvil, Basingstoke

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with Rachel Podger

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Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Corelli Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No 3
Manfredini Concerto Grosso in G major Op.3 No. 7
Geminiani Concerto in G minor, Op. 3 No. 2
Bach Harpsichord Concerto in A Major

Rachel Podger violin/ director
Satoko Doi-Luck harpsichord

They may be familiar, but Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are miracles of invention, wit and excitement.

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Fri 21 Jun 2019

St George's, Bristol

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with Rachel Podger

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Vivaldi The Four Seasons
Corelli Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op. 6, No 3
Manfredini Violin Concerto in G major, op.3 no.2
Geminiani Concerto Grosso in G minor, op.3 no. 7

Rachel Podger violin

They may be familiar, but Vivaldi’s Four Seasons are miracles of invention, wit and excitement.

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Sun 14 Jul 2019

Hovingham Hall

An Evening with Bach

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Bach Orchestral Suite no. 1 in C
Bach Sinfonia BWV 42
Bach Violin Concerto in E
Bach Orchestral Suite no. 2 in B minor
Bach Concerto in D minor for two violins

Order and moderation versus rebellion and sensuality.

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Sun 13 Oct 2019

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Ach, ich sehe, itzt, da ich zur Hochzeit gehe (Ah, I see, now as I go to the marriage) BWV 162

Professor Alain Goriely Statutory Professor of Mathematical Modelling, University of Oxford

Mathematics and the Brain

The science: Can mathematics explain the brain? No-one is entirely sure, but Professor Alain Goriely definitely thinks it’s worth trying. He explores how applied mathematics can help us learn more about the effect of brain injuries and neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The music: In this cantata, Bach imagines going to a wedding, although he’s initially concerned with the pre-marital angst of the participants, rather than having a party. It’s all resolved by the end, however, with a journey from doubt to certainty and a celebratory final chorale.

In partnership with Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

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Wed 23 Oct 2019

Mitchell Arts Centre

Bach at Keele University

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J.S. Bach Sinfonia BWV 42
J.S. Bach Concerto for Oboe D'Amour BWV 1055
J.S. Bach Suite No.2 BWV 1067
J.S. Bach Suite No.1 BWV 1066

Our first ever visit to Keele University with an all-Bach programme.

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Sun 3 Nov 2019

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ (Thou Prince of Peace, Lord Jesus Christ) BWV 116

Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro Professor of Physics, University College London

Nature’s Hidden Nature

The science

You’ve probably heard of quantum physics, and might know it’s about weird things such as tiny particles being in two places at the same time. But quantum biology? Professor Alexandra Olaya-Castro is a leading figure in this emerging field, which explores the role quantum mechanics plays in biological processes, from photosynthesis to birds’ remarkable navigation systems.

The music

This cantata is something of a musical sandwich, with flowing, optimistic first and last movements surrounding sections with darker moods of judgement and fear. It’s one for horn fans, with a prominent natural horn complementing the soprano singer.

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Sun 1 Dec 2019

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (Now come, Saviour of the gentiles I) BWV61

Professor Marcus du Sautoy Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford

The Creativity Code

The science: Could computers put composers out of job? Professor Marcus du Sautoy’s latest book, The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think, explores creativity, algorithms, and whether artificial intelligence will ever be able to write a cantata quite like Bach.

The music: For mark the start of Advent, the Orchestra plays one of Bach’s Christmas cantatas, full of anticipation for the big day. It’s an unusual cantata, bringing in element of secular French opera, such as an Overture, into church music.

In partnership with Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

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Sun 2 Feb 2020

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott (Lord Jesus Christ, true man and God) BWV 127

Professor Buzz Baum Professor of Cell Biology, University College London

Cell Your Soul

The science

“My core interest has been in trying to think like a cell,” says UCL’s Buzz Baum, who works at the intersection of biology and physics, trying to understand how cells evolve. He’s published a radical new theory as to how eukaryotic cells – which make up complex life forms such as ourselves – came to be.

The music

Written for the last Sunday before lent, this cantata repurposes a famous tune from Bach’s St Matthew Passion and features lovely writing for an oboe and recorders. Thematically, it’s a serious one, mostly about death and how it’s easier to face it with Jesus at your side.

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Tue 11 Feb 2020

Royal Festival Hall, London

Bach’s Mass in B minor

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Bach Mass in B minor

David Hill conductor
Gemma Sutherland soprano
Robin Blaze counter-tenor
James Oxley tenor
Matthew Brook bass
The Bach Choir

The Bach Choir sings Bach’s magnificent mass, led by Music Director David Hill.

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Sun 23 Feb 2020

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Der Herr denket an uns (The Lord hath been mindful of us) BWV 196

Dr Vicky Neale Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

The Beauty of Mathematics

The science: You’ve heard that some people find mathematics as beautiful as Bach’s music, but you’re not really sure why. Dr Vicky Neale is here to convince you it is, as she explores the intoxicating mysteries of prime numbers and how they push the limits of human understanding.

The music: This is one of Bach’s first cantatas, written when he was in his early twenties for a friend’s wedding. It features a striking soprano aria, and an overall theme of ‘partnership’, with two factions of instruments uniting to become one.

In partnership with Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

 

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Fri 28 Feb 2020

Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

An Evening with Bach

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J. S. Bach Sinfonia from the cantata Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV 42
J. S. Bach Concerto for Three Violins in D minor, BWV 1063 (transcribed by Huw Daniel)
J. S. Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
J. S. Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
J. S. Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043

Margaret Faultless violin
Daniel Huw violin
Katharina Spreckelsen oboe

Order and moderation versus rebellion and sensuality.

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Sun 5 Apr 2020

Kings Place

Bach, the Universe and Everything

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Bach Erschallet, ihr Lieder (Resound, ye songs, ring out, ye strings) BWV 172

Professor Susan Stepney Director, York Cross-Disciplinary Centre for Systems Analysis, University of York

Can Bacterium Compute?

The science

From smartphones to desktops, most people think of computers as being based on silicon. But what about slime mould? Bacteria? Can they computer? There are many types of non-conventional computing, and one of the leading figures in this field, Professor Susan Stepney, explores how harnessing this power might lead to exciting new developments in the near future.

The music

This cantata marks Pentecost, and the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, even including a duet between the Holy Spirit and the ‘soul’. It’s therefore an upbeat, celebratory piece with festive instrumentation including three trumpets and timpani.

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