On Sunday 6th October, for Harvest festival, at All Saints Church Fulham, the 6pm Choral Evensong service will taken over by the great baroque composer, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).
The Parish Choir together with a guest orchestra – Tamesis Chamber Ensemble – will be performing Bach’s cantata Schmücke dich BWV180
Bach was very productive while he was in Leipzig, where he was required to instruct the students of the St Thomas’ school in singing and to provide church music for the 2 churches in the city.
One cantata was required for each Sunday, so Bach wrote his own original pieces. He wrote one for each Sunday and feast day in the Lutheran church calendar.
Bach wrote this particular cantata in 1724 for the 20th Sunday after Trinity so admittedly we are singing it a little early, but only by 2 weeks!
The piece begins with a magnificent chorale Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele sung by the whole choir. This is then followed by arias and recitatives which will be sung by soloists from the choir.
The cantata ends with another chorale, Jesu, wahres Brod des Lebens, which will sung by everyone – both the Choir and congregation.
The video is the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus and Orchestra singing the first Chorale.