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Bach in excelsis: The Mass in B Minor

Czech harpsichordist Vaclav Luks makes his debut with the OAE and at the Southbank Centre with a fresh chamber interpretation of Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor.
London, Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall £5 - £82 Book Now



JS BACH Mass in B Minor

Julia Doyle soprano
Anna Devin soprano
Hugh Cutting countertenor
Hugo Hymas tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
Václav Luks


There will be a pre-concert talk with Václav Luks in conversation with Tommy Pearson at 6.00pm in the Level 5 Function Room at Royal Festival Hall. Free to ticketholders.

The Mass in B Minor rises from the musical landscape like a great cathedral. For Bach it was the culmination of a life’s journey. For those that come after it is a place of pilgrimage. Like so much else with Bach, the work had a very pragmatic beginning. It had started out as a project in 1733 to seemingly secure the Protestant composer a court title in Catholic Dresden; over the years he added further sections – each a self-contained triumph – although his ultimate intention for the work remains unclear. 

The Mass is one of the high peaks of human creativity. A compendium of sublime arias that takes relish in virtuoso solos from singers and instrumentalists with some of Bach’s most wondrously crafted choruses, Bach elevates the whole into a work of true heavenly dimensions.