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2023/24 Programme

While most singers prefer to print in advance (some preparation is vital!) we may have a small number copies to lend on the day. Details to follow.

The Dorset Bach Cantata Club meets for three weekends each year at Sturminster Newton High School, Bath Road, Sturminster Newton DT10 1DT.


The Club provides a unique opportunity for amateur choral singers to study, rehearse and perform these inspiring, deeply spiritual, joyous works. There is no audition.

We sing Bach in German. You do not need to be a German speaker. Help is given with pronunciation and diction, and translations are available. Choir sections sing all recitatives and arias. 


The choir rehearses intensively on Saturday, with expert direction and keyboard accompaniment. An invited orchestra joins the choir on Sunday. The weekend culminates in an informal performance for friends and family, from 16:30 to 17:30

We meet on the second weekends of February, May and October.


October 14/15


 Bach           Cantata 23         Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn

                      Cantata 77         Du sollst Gott, deinen Herrn, lieben

                      Cantata 136       Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz



Here is some excellent preparation for Cantata 77 (and it's in English!)




February 10/11


 Bach           Cantata 68         Also hat Gott die Welt geliebt

                      Cantata 102        Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben

May 11/12


 Bach           Cantata 119         Preise, Jerusalem, der Herrn

                      Cantata 171         Gott wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm

                      Cantata 192       Nun danket alle Gott

The 100 Club is a restricted lottery which yields vital income for DBCC while rewarding subscribers with cash prizes. Draws are held regularly. Join the 100 Club to help ensure our future. Open to singers and orchestra only. Download the form here:

The Hundred Club

Cantata 23

Cantata 136

Cantata 77

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