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MUSICON – The secret life of J.S. Bach

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9 February 2016 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

St Margaret’s Church, Crossgate
66 Crossgate, Durham. DH1

The Clerks & William Whitehead – organ


Johann Sebastian BachOrgelbüchlein (selection)

Christopher Fox (after J.S.B.) – The Arnstadt Passion

Johann Sebastian BachJesu meine Freude

Jacques van Oortmerssen, Alastair Putt & Iain FarringtonOrgelbüchlein contributions


The Secret Life of J.S. Bach presents a new and engaging life of the great composer through the music of the chorales – those great hymns of the Lutheran Church that were the soundtrack to Bach’s career.

Featuring the award-winning vocal ensemble The Clerks, and internationally acclaimed organist William Whitehead, The Secret Life presents a uniquely participatory experience, in which guest choirs and audiences contribute their voices to a story of politics, musical genius and saucy goings-on in the organ loft.

For centuries regarded as a pious and patient servant of the Church, the real story of Bach and his scrapes with authority are only now coming to light. Our concert programme tells some of these stories, combining the music of Bach with specially composed dramatic scenes, and offering a humorous and eye-opening new interpretation of Bach’s personality.


Supported by the Radcliffe Trust

Tickets: £10, Students £4, Under 18s £1

Festival passe-partout: £25, students £10

Box Office: University Music School, Durham

Tel: 0191 33 43140


9 February 2016
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


St Margaret’s Church, Crossgate
66 Crossgate, Durham. DH1 + Google Map