skip to content

Faculty of Music


Lenten and Passiontide Cantatas

Bernard Labadie, conductor
Choir of the AAM

J.S. Bach Cantata No. 127: Herr Jesu Christ, wahr’ Mensch und Gott
J.S. Bach Cantata No. 39: Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot
J.S. Bach Cantata No. 182: Himmelskönig, sei willkommen

Over the course of his lifetime Johann Sebastian Bach composed more than 200 sacred cantatas, a staggering body of work which remains to this day at the very heart of the composer’s most significant and celebrated output.

Writing for congregations in Mühlhausen, Weimar, Köthen and Leipzig between 1707 and 1745, Bach would often complete a new cantata each week for performance (directing from the keyboard) as part of the Sunday liturgy. But while Bach’s cantatas are numerous, they are anything but homogeneous, displaying a remarkable variety of forms and forces.

AAM is delighted to welcome back celebrated Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie in a programme of cantatas written for the Lenten and Passiontide observations, showcasing the acclaimed Choir of the AAM.

Free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm

TICKETS: £15, £25, £30 (£3 for AAMplify members) with a £2 discount for concessions. Available from Cambridge Live Tickets. Tel: 01223 357851; email:; web:

Saturday, 26 March, 2016 - 19:30 to 22:00
Event location: 
7.30pm, West Road Concert Hall