A wonderfully bubbly Bach aria for baritone and trumpet but with its original secular text so that I don’t get in trouble for posting Christmas music.
The final chorale of Bach’s St John Passion always lifts my soul, and reminds me of the joy I felt last time I sang it.
This Bach fugue always made me want to skip out of the choir stalls whenever our organist played it as a voluntary.
Harpischord superstar Mahan Esfahani comes to the Durham Musicon series, playing Bach’s Goldberg Variations and exploiting the full emotional and tonal power of a beautifully restored harpsichord.
In a dazzlingly inventive and entertaining programme, The Clerks, with organist William Whitehead, explore episodes from the life of Johann Sebastian Bach, telling stories from his youth, putting us into the shoes of his earliest musical colleagues, and filling in some blanks in his own notebook.
The Bishop’s Consort performed Bach’s St John Passion at Brancepeth on 14 March.
A guest review by Rob Barnes of Classical NE1fm of a concert of baroque music given by the Durham Singers and the Durham Singers Ensemble in St Nicholas Cathedral, Newcastle
My idea of a perfect summer afternoon: sitting in a cool church listening to Baroque chamber music. Review of a concert by Charlotte La Thrope, Deborah Thorne and John Green.
My review of a recital of baroque chorale preludes played by Dr Ian Brunt at St Helen Auckland that reminded me that there is more to organ music than the pull-out-all-the-stops variety.