Saffron Walden's Choral Society since 1883
Patron: John Rutter | Music Director: Janet Wheeler
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Bach Magnificat with Roth A Time to Dance - CANCELLED

Saturday 4th April 2020 at 7:30pm
Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden

In response to the current Coronavirus pandemic and in line with current Government guidelines, we regret that we are postponing our planned concert on April 4th 2020.

This decision demonstrates the society's commitment to the health and wellbeing of our members, fellow performers, Saffron Hall colleagues and you, our audience.

We offer sincere apologies to all who bought tickets or were planning to attend our concert. Saffron Hall will contact all ticket holders directly and issue refunds according to their ticketing policy. It is our hope that we may perform this program at a later date.

We look forward to continuing to share the world's repertoire of wonderful choral music with you when performances can be resumed.

In the meantime, we thank you for your support and encourage you to stay safe.

Wishing you, your families and friends, all the best.


Sara Varey




Bach’s Magnificat is a Baroque masterpiece that needs little introduction. In this relatively brief work – approximately half an hour – Bach manages to conjure up twelve contrasting musical worlds, honing in with a miniaturist’s precision to extract every possible nuance from the Latin text. He exploits the ensemble in various permutations, from pared back solo movements with an almost chamber music flavour, to bombastic tutti sections made even more exciting by contrast.

A Time to Dance was written as a companion piece for the Bach Magnificat. The music takes us on a journey through the year and through the ages of man; Spring Morning, Summer Noon, Autumn Evening and Winter Night, with a soloist as our guide in each section – a soprano, tenor, alto and bass respectively. Roth crafts a gorgeously tuneful score with the lightest of touches – with the aid of a patchwork libretto of many classic and less well-known poems, the piece explores the span of human life, and yet with charming humour it never takes itself too seriously.