Bach’s B Minor Mass promises to be an occasion to remember

A rare local opportunity for music lovers to enjoy Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterpiece B Minor Mass performed by a choir of more than 100 singers, with five professional soloists and an orchestra playing on period instruments takes place in East Grinstead on Saturday 6 April.


East Grinstead Choral Society’s performance of what has been described as “The greatest work of music of all ages and of all peoples” takes place at the Jubilee Community Centre in Charlwoods Road at 7pm.


The choir has pulled out all the stops to ensure that its first concert of 2019 is a night to remember.


Musical Director Richard Jenkinson said: “Bach’s B Minor Mass is an immense work and we’re very proud that we’ve been able to bring together a large choir, five excellent soloists and a very talented orchestra to perform it in the way it deserves to be heard.


“Performances on such a scale normally take place in much larger venues so it’s a real privilege for us to present it here in East Grinstead.


“It has become something of a tradition for works from this era to be played on period instruments and EGCS has taken a strong lead locally in this respect. This is important as it gives an authentic and appropriate orchestral sound, so we’re delighted that we will be joined by the Meridian Chamber Orchestra under its leader George Clifford.”


The soloists are sopranos Jenni Harper and Jenny Bacon, countertenor Glenn Kesby, tenor Matthew Pochin and bass Michael Bundy.


Tickets, priced £15 for adults and £8 for students, are available from Bullfrog Music, Ship Street, East Grinstead, online or by calling the box office on 01342 328774.


East Grinstead Choral Society rehearses every Thursday evening during term time from 7.30pm to 9.45pm at the Jubilee Community Centre, East Grinstead, and new members are always made very welcome.


As well as the great classical works, the choir regularly performs music by contemporary composers such as John Rutter, Bob Chilcott and Eric Whitacre. There are also plenty of opportunities to enjoy other musical genres such as opera, musicals and show songs.