Early music review

This review of our London concert, November 1999, was published in Early Music Review

One of the most promising new groups over the last few years has been the Bach Players, founded in 1996 and dedicated to the music of Bach. A London highlight has been their exploration of Bach cantatas, the latest of which featured Advent cantatas: two on ‘Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland’ and ‘Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn’ (St John’s Wood Parish Church, 28 November). It is wonderful to experience a group that has no obvious director, but coordinates its entries from within, usually by the merest intake of breath. The resulting cohesion is aural as well as visual, producing a performance of outstanding integrity and emotional strength. The four excellent singers, Rachel Elliott, Sally Bruce-Payne, Mark Padmore and Thomas Guthrie, were on fine form, as were the key players, Nicolette Moonen (violin), James Eastaway (oboe) and Richard Campbell (cello). An inspiring concert by a group that deserves success in its important chosen repertoire.

Early Music Review, December 1999