London concerts

Andrew Benson-Wilson wrote about our London concert, November 2007, for Early Music Review.

One group that has always impressed me is The Bach Players, directed (if that is the right word) with commendable reticence by violinist Nicolette Moonen. Their concerts always strike me as a gathering of friends, on which the audience eavesdrops, an atmosphere that produces consistent outstandingly musical performances. They have found a new London base at St John’s Downshire Hill where they continue to explore the lesser-known byways of the repertoire, this time with two Bach cantatas for the 16th Sunday after Trinity (‘Komm, du süsse Todestunde’ and ‘Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende’), three contrapuncti from the Art of Fugue and three short works by Rosenmüller. The four singers and eight players (all of whom were given detailed biographies in the programme – a further reflection on the nature of the group) were all on top form, but special mention must go to the four singers (Angharrad Gruffyd Jones, Sally Bruce-Payne, Nicholas Mulroy and Peter Harvey) and players Rodolfo Richter, Catherine Latham, James Eastaway and Silas Standage.

Early Music Review, February 2008