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Schola in Leipzig

The Schola has just returned from a trip to Leipzig. This beautiful city is famous for its links to many musicians, Wagner, Mendelssohn and Grieg to name but a few, but is of course most closely associated with JS Bach, who lived and worked in Leipzig from 1723 until his death in 1750.

The Schola was based at the Thomaskirche for our visit. Bach worked at the Thomaskirche and he is buried in the church. We were there to replace the Thomanerchor, the famous boys choir conducted by Bach during his time in Leipzig, and we sang the Motette Services on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon and for the Eucharist Service on the Sunday morning.

The choir's repertoire for the trip centered around Bach's motet Jesu, Meine Freude, with works by William Byrd, Bruckner, Allegri, Stanford, and our patron Sir James MacMillan.

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