Singers performing Bach’s famous Christmas Oratorio

Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers
Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers

On the day following their appearance in the Leighton Buzzard Christmas Market, the Leighton Buzzard Festival Singers will perform Bach’s famous Christmas Oratorio in All Saints Church on Saturday (November 29) at 7.30pm.

The Singers, conducted by Alan Childs, are performing a new English edition of the Christmas Oratorio and are accompanied by four upcoming soloists and the Aurelian Ensemble.

Westminster Abbey provides the link between the chairman of the Festival Singers (Richard Watts), one of the soloists (Simon Ponsford), and the editor of the new English Edition of the Christmas Oratorio (Neil Jenkins).

Simon is a current Lay Vicar at Westminster Abbey, while Richard and Neil are both former choristers.

Richard is now chairman of the Festival Singers and organist at St Barnabas Church; Neil is a well known opera singer and musicologist.

Richard said: ““It is a great privilege to have fine soloists, including Simon Ponsford, who together with the Aurelian Ensemble and the Festival Singers will make an exciting sound as a prelude to Christmas.

“Neil Jenkins and I are very much still involved with the Abbey and Simon is in the full-time choir.”

The Christmas Oratorio is one of the most spectacular works of J.S.Bach, written for the Christmas daily services for the period of 1734-35. The work starts on Christmas Day and Finishes on the feast of The Epiphany.

Sung in English to this new edition by Neil Jenkins, the gospel story comes alive in a language that all will understand.

> Tickets are available on the door or on the website www.lbfs.org.uk