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Bach Cantata Series

Choir of boys and men, Baroque orchestra and soloists within the context of the Sunday service!

Spend a beautiful, music-filled Sunday morning in the sonorous, stained glassed interior of Australia’s oldest cathedral.

Locals and visitors to the city are invited to experience the world-famous choir of St Andrew’s Cathedral. They’re joined by the cathedral’s own period instrument orchestra, the Ancient Academy of St Andrew’s, and international soloists as the Bach Cantata Series continues in 2018.

The cathedral offers these wonderful pieces of music, each woven throughout the 10.30am service and sung in English.

Sunday 27 May 2018 – ‘O Eternal Fire’ – Cantata 34
Sunday 5 August 2018 – ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’ – Cantata 174
Sunday 28 October 2018 ‘God is our Sun and Shield’- Cantata 79

“A cantata is a sacred piece of music based on that cornerstone of the Protestant world – the hymn. The musical material and the interpretation of the text are directly related to the particular hymn,” said Ross Cobb, the Cathedral’s Director of Music and National President of the Royal School of Church Music Australia.

“Bach’s choir at St Thomas’ in Leipzig was about the same size as our Cathedral choir and his choristers were also provided by the church school, just like ours.”

We are blessed that we can present this work just as Bach intended. Sung by a choir of boys and men and played on period instruments.

Some of Australia’s best voices will perform the arias that feature in these beautiful pieces of sacred music. Beside the ancient strings, bold brass and young voices, the music of Bach will most definitely be resplendent, happily resounding off the sandstone walls.

Absolutely free with light refreshments served following the service.

Discounted parking at Wilson Parking, St Andrew’s House, Kent Street for those attending Sunday services.



Sunday 27 May 2018 from 10.30am to 12pm
Sunday 5 August 2018 from 10.30am to 12pm
Sunday 28 October 2018 from 10.30am to 12pm



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