Liverpool Bach Collective was formed in 2013, with the aim of putting on performances of J S Bach's cantatas in churches in and around Liverpool every month as part of Sunday Evensong or Vespers. The cantatas chosen are based on, or are at least relevant to, the readings of the day in the churches visited.
The Collective usually consists of eight singers and an ensemble of around ten players, generally strings, oboes, bassoon and organ; the ensemble is enlarged when the music demands it. The performers are a mix of professional, semi-professional and amateur musicians, and the Collective is directed by Philip Duffy, formerly Master of the Music at the Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral. The singers and players all have a love for the music of Bach and are united in their passion and their commitment in performing these wonderful works.
By the end of the current season, the Collective will have given sixty-one cantata performances, involving forty-seven different cantatas in thirty-five churches, from Hightown to Rainhill and Ince Blundell to Birkenhead. The ensemble continues to enlarge its following of interested listeners.
In 2018, the Collective staged the first of three annual performances of Bach’s St John Passion, and it looks forward to performing the St Matthew Passion in 2022.