EVENT CANCELLED – due to the RED light setting this event is unfortunately cancelled, next week we’re announcing a revised digital programme. For more information about Refunds, click here.

Bach by Candlelight is a divine selection of some of his highly spiritual, passionate and uplifting works.

The evening features the monumental Chaconne, with its hidden chorales mourning the death of his first wife, brought to the fore in this new arrangement, as well as chamber works and solo arias in a timeless expression of Bach's Lutheran faith. The programme is completed by the sacred Cantata 102, a deeply powerful piece calling for the repentance of sinners. The performers are joined by vocal students from the New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī.

This ode to the great composer will be a highlight of the Festival.

Sonata for flute and basso continuo in E major, BWV 1035
Aria from Cantata BWV 11: Ach, bleibe doch
Partita in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004: Chaconne with chorales (arr. Helga Thoene)
Aria from Cantata BWV 135: Troste mir, Jesu
Aria from Cantata BWV 159: Es ist Vollbracht
Aria from Cantata BWV 78: Wir eilen
Prelude and Fugue in A minor for organ BWV 543
Aria from Cantata BWV 115: Bete, bete
Aria from Cantata BWV 146: Wie will ich mich freuen
Cantata BWV 102 Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben

Emma Pearson Soprano
Rosemary Galton Mezzo
Declan Cudd Tenor
Wade Kernot Bass
Douglas Mews Harpsichord

Ko Candlelight tēnei me tāna whakaaturanga waiata. He kohinga waiata whakakokori i ngā tauwharewharenga o te ngākau, ko tētehi o ngā waiata, he reo huahuatau, ā, ko te kura huna, ko te apakura ki tana hoa rangatira, te tau o tana ate kua riro.

Chamber Music Series

Artistic Directors of the Adam Chamber Music Festival and members of the New Zealand String Quartet, Helene Pohl (MNZM) and Gillian Ansell (MNZM), have carefully crafted a series of out-of-the-ordinary chamber experiences specially for our Festival, reflecting on our connection to histories, land and spiritual realms. Each concert is a small but perfectly formed moment in time. Together, they traverse the delicate to monumental across the chamber music realm.

He rārangi puoro ōkawa tēnei e kī katoa ana ki ngā toki whakatangi puoroōkawa. He whakaaturanga kounga rawa atu tēnei nā Adam Chamber Music Festival i hanga, i whakahaere, ā i tēnei tau nei, e haere mai ana ngā toki o tēnei whakaaturanga ki konei, ki Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts. Ko te tāhūhū kaupapa o ngā whakaaturanga katoa nei, ko tō tatou hononga tāngaengae ki te whenua, ki ōna hītoria, otirā ki tōna wairua.

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