Friday, November 6, 2015


Magnificat poster

For this concert, the Somerset Hills Community Chorus is joined by the Antioch Chamber Ensemble and The Sebastians in performances of two of Bach’s most spectacular choral works – his Magnificat in E-flat and the two-part cantata (BWV 21) “Ich hatte viel Bek├╝mmernis“ (I had much grief).  Stephen Sands, founder and Artistic Director of Music in the Somerset Hills, directs the performance. 

The 50-strong Somerset Hills Community Chorus, now in its fifth season, was founded by Mr. Sands to bring together amateur singers between the ages of 14 and 80 who live or work in the Somerset Hills area, to challenge them to sing some of the great masterpieces of music, and to perform them with professional musicians and soloists.

In Magnificat!, the professionals are once again provided by two groups with which Music in the Somerset Hills has close relationships – the Antioch Chamber Ensemble and The Sebastians.   The singers of Antioch are celebrating their 17th season on stage.  With a core group of 10-12 of the country’s finest singers, they perform diverse programs of choral works, both sacred and secular.  The Sebastians are a dynamic instrumental ensemble specializing in music (and instruments) of the baroque and classical eras.

WHERE:  Pingry School, 131 Martinsville Road, Basking Ridge
Tickets for this concert can be obtained at