This evening I was involved in the first Bach vespers of 2015 at St. Mary-at-hill. I joined the Sweelinck Ensemble for the familiar cantata-within-the-Lutheran-service, though there is a novelty with the new year as St. Anne’s Music Society has re-named itself as Music-at-hill, to reflect its new home on Lovat Lane.
We performed cantata BWV 111, ‘Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh allzeit’ which has a funny, off-kilter Bass aria with continuo. We also performed music by Schein and Zelenka. I have now been performing with the Sweelinck Ensemble under the direction of Martin Knizia (pictured with me, above) for ten years, a valued music-making partnership which continues to pursue the highest standards.