Beginnings & endings – Bach cantatas & Roth première

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Saturday, 09 Feb 2019 7:30pm

The Bramall, University of Birmingham

Beginnings and endings

Ex Cathedra Choir & Baroque OrchestraBFEM logo small
Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music
Jeffrey Skidmore conductor
Katie Trethewey soprano
Martha McLorinan alto
Samuel Boden tenor
Greg Skidmore bass


Bach Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben? (Dearest God, when will I die?) BWV 8
Bach Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes (For this the Son of God appeared) BWV 40
Roth A time to be born and a time to die (world première)


Join us for the launch of our 50th anniversary celebrations, and an exciting series of commissions that will renew our understanding of the Baroque repertoire we love. We start with the theme of “beginnings & endings”, with a world première from our composer-in-residence Alec Roth, and with two witty and sublime cantatas by Bach.


We are delighted to be joined by members of Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice Choir and nurses from Birmingham Children’s and Women’s NHS Trust for the world premiere of A time to be born and a time to die.


Pre-concert talk, 6.15pm: Alec and Jeffrey introduce the programme with live examples.

The concert will end at around 9.30pm.


ATTD coverEx Cathedra: ST MATTHEW PASSION J S Bach

Listen to excerpts and buy copies of our recordings of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Alec Roth’s cantata A Time to Dance.


This concert forms part of the newly revived biennial Birmingham Festival of Early Music (4-17 February), which also includes our performance of Purcell’s The Indian Queen. Full festival details to follow.



£25 / £20 / £13 including per ticket commission

£8 – aged 18-30, not in full-time education

£5 – under 18s and students in full-time education (why not get the Student Pulse Birmingham app and earn rewards too)


You can book:

– online via the THSH box office or call 0121 780 3333 (Ex Cathedra is a resident ensemble at Town Hall & Symphony Hall)

– online via The Bramall box office or call 0121 414 4414


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