St Albans Bach Choir

Next concert: Elgar: The Spirit of England; Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad Rhapsody - Saturday 17th November


Guest Conductors

We regularly engage soloists of the highest calibre, and in addition, we have been fortunate to sing under several eminent conductors. Some highlights are showcased below.

 Photo by St Albans Bach Choir

Photo by St Albans Bach Choir

Laurence Cummings

Our summer 2017 concert was the High Sheriff’s Charity Concert, part of the International Organ Festival. Guest conductor Laurence Cummings conducted a performance of Messiah. Laurence is Musical Director of the London Handel Festival and has come to be recognised, both as conductor and harpsichordist, as one of Britain's most exciting and versatile exponents of historically informed performance.

 Photo by vocalessence CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by vocalessence CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

John Rutter CBE

In November 2011 we sang the Rutter Requiem under the composer. In 2013 and again in 2015 John honoured us (together with the Cathedral Choristers) with an invitation to sing for him in his highly popular carol concerts in the Royal Albert Hall. Founder of the Cambridge Singers, John has built an international reputation as a composer of numerous Christmas carols and anthems as well as more extended works such as his Requiem, Magnificat and Gloria.

Sir Richard Armstrong

In July 2013 we were joined by the Britten Sinfonia in a memorable performance of Britten's stunning War Requiem under the baton of Sir Richard Armstrong. Sir Richard was Musical Director of the Welsh National Opera from 1973 - 1986 and has led virtually every major U.K. orchestra and such foreign orchestras as the Japan Philharmonic and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

 Photo by Mats Bäcker used by permission

Photo by Mats Bäcker used by permission

 Photo from  used by permission

Photo from used by permission

Peter Ash

In July 2014 we performed the Verdi Requiem in the Cadogan Hall, London, under the baton of conductor and composer Peter Ash. Artistic Director of the LSSO, Peter has held positions with Kammer-philharmonie Berlin and St. Petersburg Camerata. In the UK, he has worked with many orchestras including the RPO, BBC NOW, London Sinfonietta and SCO.