J.S.Bach wrote a remarkable collection of short organ pieces, the Orgelbüchlein – or Little Organ Book, based on well-known German chorales (hymns). It was intended to show organists how the hymns could be played on the organ in a great variety of ways and to help them perfect their mastery of playing the pedals. Bach prefaces the Orgelbüchlein with: “To the Glory of God and for the instruction of my neighbour” On Friday 25th November, 7.30pm, in St. Andrew’s, South Church, Bishop Auckland, pieces for Advent, Christmas and the New Year will be played on the fine pipe organ by Brian Varley, with members of the Andreas Ensemble singing the chorales and short motets based finishing with a lovely 5-part Italian madrigal on which the great New Year hymn “In dir ist Freude – In Thee is joy” is based. Tickets £7.50 include interval refreshments available from: 01388 606075, 11 Dene Hall Drive, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6UF – payment by BACS also welcomed: call to arrange), Brothertons Music Shop Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland or at the door. Proceeds to Marie Curie Care and for the upkeep of the church. A warm welcome will greet you – the church will be well-heated! – enjoy a chat with friends in the interval.
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