BACH : BONHOEFFER
an Opus Anglicanum sequence of words and music
CHIPPING CAMPDEN St James’s Church
Saturday 3rd September 6pm
Richard Stephens (organ) with Opus Anglicanum: An English Music
It was Richard Stephens who suggested this sequence initially. One of the greater delights for those who live in Chipping Campden is Richard’s playing Sunday by Sunday of the French repertoire and the works of J S Bach. In April 2015 we gave a performance of Dupré’s Vespers with the organ versets played by Richard.
Some time in March Richard mentioned that he had always wished to play some of the preludes from JSB’s Orgelbüchlein with a group of singers who would perform the chorales themselves before he played the relevant prelude. So it was that this sequence came about. The notion to use it as the context for readings from the Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer suggested itself some time later. Both Bonhoeffer and Bach are profound Lutheran theologians in their respective disciplines. Readings from Bonhoeffer’s works and from his letters from prison are placed as staging posts through the recital of Bach’s music. It makes for a moving sequence.
The evening concludes with the recitation of Compline, enhanced by Tallis’s verse for the hymn ‘Te lucis ante terminum’ and by Byrd’s ‘Ave Maria’. Compline is followed by a final chorale prelude, ‘Nun ruhen alle Wälder’, and by the audience joining the singers in the chorale sung in English to the poet laureate Robert Bridges’ ‘The duteous day now closeth’, his 1899 translation of Paul Gerhardt’s original text.
RICHARD STEPHENS is organist at St James’s Church in Chipping Campden. He initially studied organ with Robert Joyce at Llandaff Cathedral, subsequently with Lukas Foss and Alec Wyton in New York; and then with Martin Neary and Thurston Dart in London. Prior to a career of teaching, playing and choir directing in London, Shropshire and Derbyshire, he studied in Paris with the legendary French organist, Marie-Claire Alain.
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Photo: Christmas night 1940 in Ettal. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Barbara Dohnanyi, Christoph Dohnanyi, Klaus Dohnanyi, Eberhard Bethge.
DATES AHEAD further info at www.opus-a.co.uk
Saturday 24th September 7:30 pm
Concert: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Botley Music, All Saints Church, Botley SO30 2EA
Saturday 8th October at 6 pm
Concert: THE GREAT AND WIDE SEA Mercers’ Hall, Ironmonger Lane, London EC2V 8HE
Saturday 5th November 10 am to 4 pm
Chant workshop: ALL HALLOWS music of the Saints
Sarum College, 19 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EE
Saturday 12th November 6 pm Concert: THE GREAT AND WIDE SEA – Ancient Mariner & Sea Psalm Bristol, The Lord Mayor’s Chapel
Saturday 19th November 6 pm
Concert: THE GREAT AND WIDE SEA – Ancient Mariner & Sea Psalm
Bosham Church PO18 8LY
Saturday 26th November 10 am – 5 pm Worcester Lodge, Didmarton GL9 1AH Chant workshop: ADVENT ‘Waiting’
Saturday 10th December 6 pm
Concert: CHRISTMAS CONCERT St James’ Chipping Campden GL55 6JG
Monday 12th December 7:30 pm Concert: MEDIAEVAL CAROLS Wells Cathedral, Wells BA5 2UE
Friday 16th December 7:30 pm Concert: MEDIAEVAL CAROLS Bath – Prior Park College Chapel BA2 5AH Saturday 17th December 7:30 pm Concert: FIGGY PUDDING Haslemere Museum GU27 2LA