Bach Choir finishes season with best of Baroque music

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East Sussex Bach Choir, directed by John Hancorn, will perform its last concert of the season on Saturday, June 8, offering the best of Baroque music to a Sussex audience in Lewes.

Spokeswoman Penny Acton explains: “Acis and Galatea tells an ancient story in which the two lovers are threatened by a jealous, one-eyed monster called Polyphemus. Unfortunately Polyphemus kills Acis, crushing him with a rock, but Galatea turns her dead love into a river so that his spirit lives on. Handel’s setting of this story was the composer’s most popular dramatic work in his lifetime, and features numerous declarations of love, timely warnings, pastoral airs and celebratory choruses.”

Penny added: “The choir is joined by a strong team of soloists, continuing the choir’s strong tradition of giving young singers opportunities to perform major works alongside leading established singers.

“We welcome back Nick Pritchard who will sing Acis, with Robyn Allegra Parton as Galatea. Other soloists will be Sofia Larsson and Lancelot Nomura. Both Robyn and Lancelot are currently members of the Glyndebourne Festival Chorus.

“The orchestra will be The Baroque Collective, led by Alison Bury, who are all distinguished players who have built a strong rapport with the choirs through working together over many years. We are delighted to welcome Piers Adams, who will play the recorder and soloist duets As when the dove and O rudder than the cherry.”

The concert will be in Lewes Town Hall starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced at £18, £15 and £10 from Lewes Information Centre, online from www.bachchoir.org.uk or by phoning 07759878562.