SPITALFIELDS WINTER FESTIVAL Orgelbüchlein at The Tower of London

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Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London.

Tim Travers-Brown (countertenor) and David Miller, lute. Then, organist Christian Wilson. (Curated by William Whitehead.)

JS Bach: Prelude in E flat major BWV 552

Purcell: 'We sing to Him'

JS Bach: Chorale Prelude ‘In dir ist Freude’ BWV 615

Guy-Olivier Ferla: 'Gott des Himmels und der Erden' (UK premiere)

Purcell: 'Morning Hymn'

JS Bach: Chorale Prelude ‘Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf’. BWV 617

Vincent Paulet: 'Ich dank’ dir, lieber Herre' (UK premiere)

Purcell: 'Sleep, Adam sleep'; 'In the black, dismal dungeon of despair'

JS Bach: Chorale Prelude, ‘O Lamm Gottes Unschuldig’, BWV618

Roxanna Panufnik: 'Was Gott thut, das ist wohlgetan'

Humfrey: 'Lord I have sinned'; 'Sleep, downy sleep'; 'Hymn to God the father'

Purcell: 'The earth trembled'

JS Bach: Chorale Prelude ‘Christ Lag in Todesbanden’, BWV 625

David Coonan: 'Jesus Christus unser Heiland, der von uns den Gotteszorn wand' (UK premiere)

Purcell: 'How long great God'

JS Bach: Chorale Prelude ‘Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig’ BWV 644

Francis Pott: 'Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele' (UK premiere)

JS Bach: Fugue in E flat, BWV 552

Purcell: 'Evening Hymn'

Enjoy an intimate performance in the ancient surroundings of the Chapel Royal at the Tower of London. Following a short talk, tranquil and impassioned hymns by Purcell frame intricate chorale preludes from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein – Bach’s aim to create a complete handbook for the organist, unfinished when he died – alongside new works from living composers extending the Orgelbüchlein into the twenty-first century.

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