Australia’s dedicated Bach Ensemble Bach Akademie Australia presents Ascension a selection of three choral works by J S Bach.
Acclaimed Australian violinist, director and concertmaster Madeleine Easton, founded Bach Akademie Australia, an Australian ensemble to rival any instrument ensembles around the world to bring the great musical tradition of Europe to Sydney.
In March, the music of J.S. Bach will come alive as Bach Akademie Australia and their newly formed choir will perform two of Bach’s greatest cantatas and the joyful Ascension Oratorio.
The poignant cantata ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’ BWV 12 features the celebrated Australian oboist Emma Black, the thunderous O Ewigkeit, du Donnorwort’ BWV 20 is Bach’s homage to the French musical style; the Ascension Oratorio is rarely performed.
For the first time, Bach Akademie Australia will perform with a full choir of hand-picked singers from around Australia with soloists Amy Moore (Soprano), Tobias Cole (Alto), Richard Butler (Tenor), David Greco (Bass)
Graduating from Sydney Conservatorium of Music with first class honours under the tutelage of Alice Waten and Chris Kimber, Madeleine has gone on to forge a successful career as a director, concertmaster and performing with some of the world’s greatest ensembles.
Madeleine has performed as both guest and permanent concertmaster with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Madrid under the batons of Thomas Hengelbrock and Paul McCreesh, the Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra of Lisbon, The English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Kings Consort, The Gabrieli Consort, the Musicians of the Globe, The Independent Opera Company, London Orchestra da Camera, Orchestra Nova, the Guildford Philharmonic, Bath Philharmonia, Southern Sinfonia, Florilegium, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Ballet Orchestra of England. She was appointed concertmaster of The Hanover Band in 2006 and continues to perform with them as both leader, director and soloist.
Madeleine’s flair of combining both period and modern styles of violin playing has led her to form a special relationship with the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has directed the Bach Cantata Series since its inception in 2009, directed the Baroque Orchestra, the First String Orchestra and the Modern Instrument Period Orchestra.
One of the Akademie’s mandates is to create an atmosphere of learning and education. Bach Akademie Australia’s featured artists and soloists will give masterclasses, individual lessons and lectures wherever they perform to foster a spirit of education and scholarship.
The Program: Cantata ‘Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen’ BWV 12/ Cantata ‘O Ewigkeit, du Donnorwort’ BWV 20/ ‘Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen’ – Ascension Oratorio. BWV 11