2016 concerts

Stabat Mater
Saturday 5 March 2016, Church of St Alphege, Oldfield Lane, Bath, BA2 3NR

Three Stabat Mater form the core of this concert by Browne, Palestrina and Scarlatti
Monteverdi Confitebor tibi Domine III
Henry Purcell Funeral Sentences
Arvo Pärt An den Wasser zu singen

Paragon March '16

Venice, 6-8 May 2016
Paragon Singers join with the Thomas-Selle-Vokalensemble, Berlin

Belshazzar’s Feast
Saturday 4 June 2016, 7.30 pm

St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, South Parade, Bath
Paragon Singers join Bath Cantata Group and Bradford on Avon Choral Society in a performance of Walton’s masterpiece, conducted by Neil Moore

Saturday 15 October 2016, Church of St Alphege, Oldfield Park, Bath, BA2 3NR

Keith Bennett’s last concert in Bath with the Paragon Singers. A concert of largely Marian music by Hildegard of Bingen, Fayrfax, Josquin des Prez, Byrd, Victoria, J.S. Bach, Poulenc, G. Jackson and Tabakova

Paragon Oct '16 final

Mass in B Minor
Saturday 17 December 2016, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon

For director Keith Bennett’s swan song after 33 years at the helm, and also to celebrate 40 years of the Paragon Singers, the choir is performing Bach’s Mass in B minor with Florilegium, world-renowned exponents of Bach’s music. Completed the year before the composer’s death the piece is a monument of Western music: from the memorable opening five bars both listener and performer are taken on an intense musical journey. The composing of the Mass dominated the last years of Bach’s life – so much so that he neglected other projects in order to complete it – and is a complex re-working of existing material and newly composed music. The sheer scale of the piece with its four, five, six and eight-part writing for chorus, interwoven with lyrical solo and duet arias, makes this a musical tour de force, unforgettable for both performers and audience.