Bach - B Minor Mass - St. James' Piccadilly

The choir and players of the Collegium Musicum of London performed Bach’s B Minor Mass under the direction of Greg Morris on Saturday 27th of April 2019 at St James’ Piccadilly. I played first natural trumpet in the baroque orchestra led by violinist Persephone Gibbs, with Richard Thomas playing second trumpet, Tamsin Cowell on third trumpet and Robert Kendell on timpani. The soloists were: Philippa Hyde (soprano), Augusta Hebbert (soprano), Ben Williamson (counter tenor), Nathan Vale (tenor) and Richard Latham (baritone).


Philippa Hyde and Augusta Hebbert were magnificent in the Christe Eleison; the oboe section of Hannah McLaughlin, Sarah Humphreys (and Bethan White in the Sanctus) deserve special mention for their refined playing throughout; Richard Latham's Quoniam sounded splendid with the excellent horn and bassoon team of Anneke Scott, Hayley Pullen and James Fisher and the choir of the Collegium Musicum of London did a brilliant job.
I have played for Greg Morris on several previous occasions, performing: Handel’s Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (including Eternal Source of Light Divine)Handel’s Coronation AnthemsHandel's Let the Bright Seraphim, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Haydn’s Creation.
It was great to perform in St James Piccadilly again - it's been two years since I last played here (Handel's Belshazzar in March 2017). It is a beautiful venue with plenty of space on stage, an excellent acoustic and a large audience in attendance this evening.

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