October 16/17: Celebratory Relaunch!

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.

There will be a special CELEBRATORY programme to get us back into singing! 


We WILL be able to rehearse at Sturminster High School. 

Later finish on Sunday - 18:15. This is to allow MAXIMUM time for singing, with adequate breaks. All participants will be advised of Covid precautions in place: please wear a mask while moving around.


Handel, Messiah: Hallelujah chorus

Bach, Cantata 25: Es ist nicht Gesundes an meinem Leibe (complete)

Bach, Cantata 50: Nun ist das Heil (single movement)

Bach, Cantata 125 No. 4: Ein unbegreiflich Licht (Duet T/B)

Bach, Cantata 78 No. 2: Wir eilen mit schwachen (Duet S/A)

Bach, Cantata 79 No. 1: Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild (Opening chorus)

* Palestrina/Bach: Kyrie & Gloria 

Bach, Mass in B minor: Dona nobis pacem

* Chris Brown's own arrangement. You are welcome to download for practice, but please note there will be a £2 charge on the day, and you will receive a properly printed copy.





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