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.


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.

Due to Covid, the May weekend has been cancelled. We wish all our supporters, singers and instrumentalists the very best for your safety, health and care.


We will meet in October, possibly at a different venue - to be announced. There will be a special CELEBRATORY programme to get us back into singing! 


We may not be able to rehearse at Sturminster High School in October. This will be confirmed.

October 16 / 17: draft programme

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





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