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Cantata Nos. 154, 156, 161 & 159

J.S. Bach - Autumn 2011

ETO combines forces with local choirs around the country for a concert of some of Bach’s most beautiful cantatas.

Alto 
Jonathan Peter Kenny
Alto 
Clint van der Linde
Bass 
Nicholas Merryweather
Tenor 
Mark Wilde

ETO soloists and period players from the Old Street Band will perform cantatas No 154, 156, 161 and 159, with Bach’s inspiring choruses sung by local choirs in some wonderful heritage churches around the country.

Cantata no 154: Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren (My Dearest Jesus Is Lost) will be directed by Clint van der Linde with soloists Jonathan Peter Kenny, Mark Wilde and Nicholas Merryweather.

Cantata no 156: Ich stehe mit einem Fuss im Grabe (I Stand with One Foot in the Grave) will be directed by Jonathan Peter Kenny with soloists Clint van der Linde, Mark Wilde and Nicholas Merryweather.

Cantata no 161: Komm, du süsse Todesstunde (Come Thou Sweet Death’s Hour) will be sung by Clint van der Linde, Mark Wilde and Nicholas Merryweather.

Cantata no 159: Sehet! Wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem (Come, Let Us Go up to Jerusalem) will be directed by Mark Wilde for soloists Clint van der Linde, Jonathan Peter Kenny and Nicholas Merryweather.

Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (including interval)

The music

  • Cantata no 154 – Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren (My Dearest Jesus Is Lost)
  • Cantata no 156 – Ich stehe mit einem Fuss im Grabe (I Stand with One Foot in the Grave)
  • Cantata no 161 – Komm, du süsse Todesstunde (Come Thou Sweet Death’s Hour)
  • Cantata no 159 – Sehet! Wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem (Come, Let Us Go up to Jerusalem)

Or listen to the four cantatas online on Spotify. (Not on Spotify? Click here to join for free)

The choirs

  • St John’s Church, Buxton: Buxton Madrigal Singers (website)
  • St Nicholas Church, Lincoln: Lincoln Minster School Chamber Choir (website)
  • St Wilfrid’s Church, Harrogate: Harrogate Vocalis (website)
  • Crediton Parish Church, Exeter: Choir of the Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross (website)
  • Great Malvern Priory: Elgar Chorale (website)

Festival tips and local secrets

We are sure that in between performances you will be keen to get out and about and make the most of what the places we are touring to have to offer. With this in mind, we have compiled guides to some of this season’s towns and venues, listing places to go, attractions to visit and tips on where to eat and shop. Enjoy your stay!

Showing At

  1. St John The Baptist Church, Buxton
    22nd Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. St Nicholas Church, Lincoln
    29th Oct 2011 - 2:00 pm
  3. St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate
    6th Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm
  4. Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton
    20th Nov 2011 - 3:00 pm
  5. Great Malvern Priory
    26th Nov 2011 - 2:30 pm
  1. St John The Baptist Church, Buxton — 22nd Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm

    St Johns Rd, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN

  2. St Nicholas Church, Lincoln — 29th Oct 2011 - 2:00 pm

    Newport, Lincoln, LN1 3EP

  3. St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate — 6th Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm

    Duchy Road, Harrogate, HG1 2EY

  4. Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton — 20th Nov 2011 - 3:00 pm

    Church Lane, Crediton, Devon, EX17 2AH

  5. Great Malvern Priory — 26th Nov 2011 - 2:30 pm

    Church Street, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 2AY

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Alto

Jonathan is from Liverpool and studied at the University of Exeter and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a founder of the Old Street Band.

He has performed a wide range of music from Monteverdi to the present day, including 14 Handel operas, 13 oratorios and numerous premieres for composers such as Michael Nyman, Jonathan Dove, Pawel Mykietyn, Fabio Vacchi, Deirdre Gribbin, Thomas Ades and Roxanna Panufnik. He has sung for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Salzburg Festival, Halle Handel Festival, Badischestaatsteater Karlsruhe, BBC Proms, Glimmerglass Festival NY, Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Opera du Rhin and in Australia and Japan.

Jonathan has performed with Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort, Ulster Orchestra under such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, David Parry, Ivan Fischer, Thierry Fischer, Jane Glover, Andrew Parrott, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ivor Bolton, Paul McCreesh, Harry Bicket. Recordings include Mattheus-Passion (Miller/Goodwin); Agrippina (Gardiner); Buxtehude/Cantatas (Immerseel); La conversione di Clodoveo (Gester); Israel in Babylon (Fontaine).

Jonathan is baroque specialist at the Royal College of Music International Opera School and prepared singers for Handel’s Poro, Atalanta, Alessandro, Il pastor fido and Rodelinda, as well as Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Michael Rosewell whom he also assisted on Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. For Trinity-Laban, Jonathan worked on Giustino and Rinaldo.

Jonathan’s performing edition of Tamerlano has been performed in London, Melbourne, Lisbon, Dublin and Prague.

After many years leading his own ensembles, Jonathan made his operatic conducting debut in 2005 with a staging of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on Valentia Island for artist Dorothy Cross and OTC Dublin. The film was shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and in Los Angeles. In 2007 he conducted a new production of Handel’s Teseo for ETO, touring the UK, and in 2009 a new production of Flavio which opened to great enthusiasm as part of the HANDELFEST marking the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death. From these performances, a new period instrument orchestra, the Old Street Band, was formed, making a highly acclaimed debut in autumn 2011 in a new production of Xerxes. Other appearances include a staging of Carissimi’s Jephte for the National Churches Trust; Monteverdi: 1610 and all that at the RCM and a highly praised The Duchess of Malfi Webster/Gesualdo at the Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton.

Plans include a revival of Flavio, a production of Alcina in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, where Ariosto (author of Orlando furioso on which Alcina is based) was governor, in summer 2012, a reconstruction of Muzio Scevola (Amadei/Buoncini/Handel) and a new production of Agrippina.

Clint van der Linde

Clint van der Linde

Alto

Clint studied at the RCM. He has worked as a soloist with many groups such as the OAE; RPO; The Academy of Ancient Music; The London Handel Orchestra; Le Musiche Nove; Israel Camerata. Clint’s opera roles include Lotario/ Flavio/ Flavio; Dardano/ Amadigi; Judas/ Brockes Passion; In November 2001 he sang the role of Oberon/ A Midsummer Night‘s Dream, which was the launch of the BBIOS, and also performed this role in the ROH in Copenhagen in 2004. Festival engagements include Carmina Burana (Ludwigsburger Schossfestspiele); Halle Händel Festspiele; Cuenca Festival, Spain. In addition, Clint recorded the title role of Francesco Conti’s David with the Lautten Compagney. In December, Clint will tour Handel’s Messiah (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Orchestra).

Nicholas Merryweather

Nicholas Merryweather

Bass

Sheffield born, Nicholas Merryweather studied at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and on the opera course at GSMD. He was a recipient of the ETO Chris Ball Bursary in 2011 and the 2008 Glyndebourne Wessex Award. Nicholas’s operatic roles include Don Giovanni, Papageno The Magic Flute and Mozart’s Figaro (LFO); Don Polidoro The Italian Girl in London (Buxton Festival); Cassandro La Finta Semplice for Bampton Classical Opera; Blazes The Lighthouse, title role Fantastic Mr Fox, Marco Gianni Schicchi (ETO). Concert engagements include Bach with the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Handel with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Hallé Orchestra.

Mark Wilde

Mark Wilde

Tenor

Mark Wilde was born in Scotland and studied at the University of East Anglia and RCM.
He made his Glyndebourne debut as Ferrando Così fan tutte, and has since appeared with ENO, Glyndebourne on Tour, WNO, the European Opera Centre, Birmingham Opera, Garsington Opera, the Savoy Theatre Opera, and the Netherlands Opera. Previously with ETO, Mark has sung Tamino Die Zauberflöte, the title role La Clemenza di Tito, Farmer Bunce in Picker’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Flavio, The Fairy Queen and the title role Albert Herring.
Mark is also a prominent concert singer, and has appeared with most of the UK’s and Europe’s major orchestras.
Engagements this season include Britten Spring Symphony in Ekaterinburg (Ural Philharmonic Orchestra), a Britten recital (Musica Sacra Maastricht) and Binet in Offenbach’s Vert Vert (Garsington Opera).

Showing At

  1. St John The Baptist Church, Buxton
    22nd Oct 2011 - 7:30 pm
  2. St Nicholas Church, Lincoln
    29th Oct 2011 - 2:00 pm
  3. St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate
    6th Nov 2011 - 7:30 pm
  4. Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton
    20th Nov 2011 - 3:00 pm
  5. Great Malvern Priory
    26th Nov 2011 - 2:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. 7th November - Last night I was in the audience for the ETO performance at St. Wilfrid's Harrogate. It was staggeringly good, beautiful, wonderful, fantastic (add your own superlatives here). If there is anyone reading this who is in two minds about whether to go and see them in Crediton or Malvern, JUST GO !

    Said Graham G Taylor at 08:13am on 7th Nov 2011

  2. On the 20th of November I will be singing with the choir of the Holy Cross, Crediton and The English Touring Opera. I am incredibly excited as I am sure the rest of the choir are. Can't Wait! :)

    Said Kayleigh Tucker at 18:31pm on 12th Nov 2011

  3. This Sunday I will be singing with The English Touring Opera, i am very excited :) And Holy Cross Choir are very excited too !!

    Said Abigail Ballard at 20:24pm on 17th Nov 2011

  4. Concert with the English Touring Opera and Crediton church choir was amazing :) Great experience!!

    Said Abigail at 17:47pm on 20th Nov 2011

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