Johannesburg Bach Choir turns fifty

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

South African-born baritone Dawid Kimberg, one of the world’s foremost baritones and now based in the United Kingdom, will be a star attraction at the 50th anniversary gala concert of the Johannesburg Bach Choir on Sunday 8 June at 15:00 at the German School.

Bach Concert

Dawid Kimberg and four other soloists will feature in a sparkling display of some of the best-known baroque choral works, including JS Bach’s Magnificat in D Major and the Te Deum by Marc-Antonie Charpentier. Kimberg is currently based at London’s Royal Opera, with many performances at some of the world’s most famous opera houses to his credit.

Dawid Kimberg

Dawid Kimberg

Members of the Apple Green Orchestra will accompany the choir at the gala performance at 15:00 on Sunday 8 June at the German School in Milpark.

One of the leading amateur choirs in the city, the Johannesburg Bach Choir is conducted by ebullient oboist Tim Roberts. The first concert given by the Johannesburg Bach Choir was an all-Bach concert at St Catherine’s Church, Bramley, on 1 September 1964?  

The soloists for the performance will be Hanli Stapela (soprano), Talita Strydom (soprano), Jonathan Watkins (countertenor), Chris Mostert (tenor) and Dawid Kimberg (baritone).

Hanli Stapela, well known to South African music lovers, is one of South Africa’s premier sopranos and teachers, holding professorships at the Universities of Pretoria and Potchefstroom. She was principal soloist at the State Theatre and has performed many opera roles, including several operas written for her to perform.  Talita Strydom combines a busy professional career in a corporate legal environment with a specialisation of performing liturgical music, while tenor Chris Mostert has a background specialising in baroque music and small chamber ensembles.  Jonathan Watkins, a member of the Gauteng Opera (previously the Black Tie Ensemble), is one of a few countertenors singing professionally in Southern Africa. The countertenor voice was especially popular in the music of Bach, and is becoming established again as the preferred voice in many of Bach’s works.

Tickets for the performance are R120 each, with some concessions applicable, and are available from Kevin Martin on 011 706 4885.




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