Celebrate the festive season with Wellington Choral Society’s performance of J S Bach’s choral masterwork, The Christmas Oratorio, a wonderful exploration of the nativity which features some of Bach’s most spectacular orchestration.
The event takes place at 7-30 pm on Saturday November 26th at St John’s Church, Wellington. Ticket prices are £12, those under 18 free. Tickets are available on line at www.wellingtonchoralsociety.org.uk; from Nurtured by Nature, South Street, Wellington; Taunton Visitor Centre, Market House, Taunton; Wellington Community Offices; WCS members or on the Door.
The Christmas Oratorio was intended for performance in church during six separate days over the festive season. This choral masterpiece was written for the Christmas of 1734 and incorporates music from earlier compositions. It includes three cantatas written during 1733 and 1734 in praise of royalty or notable local figures. The orchestration demonstrates Bach’s most astonishing technical brilliance, with glorious harmonies, creating a magnificent rich sound.
The author of the original German text is unknown, although a likely collaborator with Bach himself was Christian Friedrich Henri. The society will be singing Parts 1,2, 3 and 6 of the work in English, using the translation and adaption by Reverend J. Troutbeck.
Conductor for the performance will be Wellington Choral Society’s Musical Director- Laurence Blyth. WCS and soloists accompanied by The Wellington Sinfonia.