Bach Advent Cantatas

A Choral Meditation for Advent

St Dunstan's Choir
Sunday 12 December 2021, 7.30pm St Dunstan’s Church, Mayfield £10 (half-price for under-18s) Book now

St. Dunstan’s Parish Church Choir and the Mayfield Baroque Orchestra come together to perform excerpts from J. S. Bach’s Advent Cantatas for soloists, chorus and orchestra. The music will be interspersed with reflections, readings and poetry that reference Advent as both a time of expectation for the Second Coming of Christ and a season of penitence and reflection to precede the celebrations of Christmas. So why not put a date in your personal advent calendar to escape the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle and make some time to enjoy wonderful contemplative music in the beautiful setting of St. Dunstan’s Church, Mayfield?

The concert starts at 7.30pm and the doors open at 7.00pm.


The Box Office opens on 10 October and tickets can be bought from:

Telephone: 0333 666 3366 (quote ‘Mayfield Festival’)
High Street: Lambert & Foster Estate Agents in Wadhurst and Mayfield or on the door from 7.00pm (cash only on the door).


Excerpts from BWV 140 ‘Wachet Auf’
Choral – ‘Wachet Auf’
Choral (Tenore) Zion hört die Wächter singen
Recitativo – So geh jerein zu mir
Aria (Duetto) Mein Freund ist mein
Choral – Gloria sei dir gesungen

Excerpts from BWV 147 ‘Herz und mund und tat und leben’
Aria – Bereite dir Jesu
Choral – Wohl Mir, dass ich Jesum habe
Aria – Hilf, Jesu, Hilf
Choral – Jesus Bleibet meine Freude

Excerpts from BWV 186 ‘Ärgre dich, O Seele Nicht’
Choral – Ärgre dich, O Seele Nicht
Choral – Obs sichs an leiß als wollt er nicht.
Aria – Die Armen will der Herr, umarmen
Choral – Die Hoffnung wart’ der rechten Zeit

St Dunstan’s Parish Church Choir
Director of Music – Andrew Benians

Mayfield Baroque Orchestra
Leader – Kinga Ujszászi

Annenora Benians (Mezzo-Soprano)
Dee Benians (Soprano)
Rosanna Wicks (Soprano)
Tom Hawkey-Soar (Tenor)
Stephen Lazell (Bass)

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam (formerly Bishop of Salisbury and the Church of England’s lead bishop on the environment)