St Albans Bach Choir

Andrew Lucas conductor

Rowan Pierce soprano

Helen Charleston alto

Caspar Singh tenor

Marcus Farnsworth bass

Sinfonia Verdi

St Albans Bach Choir gave its first concert in 1924, a performance of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion. The Choir presents a wide variety of music, staging three major concerts and two charity carol concerts each year in St Albans Cathedral. Andrew Lucas, the Cathedral’s Master of the Music, has been the Choir’s Music Director since 1998. This concert will be his farewell concert as he retires as Director of Music at St Albans Bach Choir and at the Cathedral shortly after. The Choir looks forward to working with our new Director of Music, William Fox (currently assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral who takes over as Director of Music at the Abbey on Andrew Lucas’ retirement. 

Recent performances have included our Centenary Concert in March of this year when we performed JS Bach – St Matthew Passion to a very full Cathedral including in the audience the Lord Mayor of St Albans and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire. Other past concerts include Verdi’s Requiem (at Cadogan Hall), Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, and Duruflé’s Requiem. In 2013, 2015 and again in 2019, the Choir performed with John Rutter and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for their popular carol concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. John Rutter conducted his Requiem at our autumn concert in November of last year.  In April last year members of the choir joined with several other choirs and Southbank Sinfonia to perform Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius in Rome at the invitation of the Vatican. In July 2023 the Choir performed Berlioz Te Deum as the centrepiece of the International Organ Festival in St Albans Abbey.

Tickets: £36, £32, £28, £20, £15

No view seats will only be released when seats with views have sold out.

Concessions: Children under 16 £15,  Students (full time) with ID £15. Not available for Premium seats.

Carers/Companions free. Seats marked with a K are only to be booked by people accompanying the adjacent wheelchair user. Only one companion ticket is permitted per transaction.

Doors will open 30 minutes before concert starts. There is an interval of 20 minutes during this performance.