Baroque spectacular coming to Axminster

Axminster Parish Church which wilk host the concert. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Axminster Parish Church which wilk host the concert. Picture: CHRIS CARSON - Credit: Archant

Special production will celebrate the South Wessex Organ Society’s first anniversary

The South Wessex Organ Society is celebrating its first anniversary with a very special event at The Minster in Axminster this Friday (October 26).

The Baroque Spectacular will bring together some superb instrumentalists and singers to perform a selection of music from the period, under the baton of Judy Martin, founder and former musical director of Axminster Chamber Choir.

The programme includes two works by JS Bach – Cantata No. 80 ‘Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott’ and the Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major (BWV 1066) – plus Handel’s Chandos Anthem ‘I will magnify thee’ and Albinoni’s gorgeous Oboe Concerto in D minor.

The vocal soloists are Harriet Mountford (soprano), Gillian Humphreys and John Mountford (alto), Les Baker (tenor), and Chris Brewer and Christopher Walledge (bass).

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In the alto and bass arias of the Bach cantata, the soloists will share their parts, bringing a pleasing variety in mood and tone. Oboeist Nicki Woods will play the solo in the Albinoni concerto.

The concert marks a year of fabulous music events, including the first SWOS Festival in May, the president’s reception and a number of recitals by established and up-and-coming organists alike.

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The society has lots planned for 2019, too, with the winter course - formerly the Lyme Regis Organ School - in February and a series of services based around Bach cantatas.

The Baroque Spectacular is on Friday October 26 at 7.45pm in St Mary’s, Axminster. Tickets are £10 from the society’s website at, from Archway Bookshop in Axminster or on the door. Wine will be available in the interval.

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