Yorkshire Bach Choir (YBC) has unveiled a six-concert series to mark their thirty-fifth anniversary. The season will open on 26 October with a concert of Bach’s motets performed with trumpet player Crispian Steele-Perkins.

On the approach to Christmas (6 December), the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists and English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble will join YBC to perform a programme of polychoral music from seventeenth-century Venice for the York Early Music Christmas Festival, including the music of Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Schütz and Praetorius.

The season continues into the new year with a concert in February celebrating music of the Spanish Golden Age, featuring Victoria’s Officium defunctorum (1605) and a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion on 15 March 2014. The final two performances of the anniversary season include settings of seventeenth-century poets including Shakespeare (10 May 2014) and a programme of music by Brahms (21 June 2014).

Conductor Peter Seymour said of the anniversary series: ‘This is a very attractive and exciting season of concerts and we are delighted that our audience numbers continue to grow’.

To find out more about YBC’s anniversary season and to book tickets, visit www.yorkshirebachchoir.org.uk.

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