Jolyon Loy is a baritone opera singer and graduate of the Royal Academy of Music

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Bearsden Philharmonic: J.S. Bach - B Minor Mass

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Considered to be one of, if not the greatest work in the Choral repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach’s B minor Mass was only performed in its entirety in 1859 despite Bach having composed some of it as his ‘CV’ in 1733 when applying for a post as Court Composer to Friedrich August III in Dresden. He did not complete the work until 1749, the year before his death. Long considered too difficult, it was not until Felix Mendelssohn rekindled interest in Bach’s music by performing the St Matthew Passion in 1829 that the ‘High Catholic Mass’ was ‘rediscovered’. The Mass was described in the 19th century by the editor Hans Georg Nägell as “The Announcement of the Greatest Musical Work of All Times and All People”.