J S Bach Motets  BWV 225-231

Following the first workshop on JS Bach’s Magnificat in October 2019, early in 2020 Nick Houghton will be directing six new workshop days, each dedicated to one of Bach’s six great choral motets. Join us for individual days or come to all of them (there’s a discount if attending all six workshops, and also if you’re bringing your own music).

You’re free to make your own arrangements for lunch, including staying at the venue with a packed lunch if you prefer. Both venues have plenty of cafes & shops nearby.

#1   –   Saturday 11 January 2020, All Saints, Eastbourne:  Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden BWV 230 PLUS BONUS Motet Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren BWV 231 (this last is the Appendix to the Peters edition)

#2   –   Saturday 25 January 2020, St Michael’s, Lewes: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225

#3   –    Saturday 15 February, All Saints, Eastbourne: Der Geist hilft unsrer Schwachheit auf,  BWV 226

#4   –    Saturday 29 February, St Michael’s, Lewes: Fürchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir BWV 228

#5   –    Saturday 14 March, All Saints, Eastbourne: Jesu meine Freude, BWV 227

#6   –    Saturday 28 March, St Michael’s, Lewes:  Komm, Jesu, komm, BWV 229  POSTPONED – THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW RE-SECHEDULED FOR SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2020 AT ST ANNE’S CHURCH, LEWES


Cost of participation is £20 per individual workshop day, to include music hire and light refreshments in the breaks. There are discounts for booking all six workshops, and also for bringing your own music.


If bringing your own copy of the music – £1 off the cost of each individual workshop attended (NB if NOT the Peters Edition then please make sure your copy has bars numbered – see below)

All six workshops:  £100 (£20 off).

2 workshops with own copy of music = £38
3 workshops including music hire = £60
6 workshops including music hire = £100
6 workshops with own copy of music = £94

Requests for refunds will be dealt with at the Director’s discretion.


We’ll be working off the Peters Edition.

If you are bringing your own copy and it’s a different edition, please mark in the bar numbers as that’s what Nick will be referring to (not page numbers).

If you’d like to buy your own copy, the Peters Edition is here. (£12.95)

Nick will point everyone in the direction of recommended recordings to listen to beforehand, if you’d like to do so.


10.30am Registration
11 – 1pm – Workshop
1 – 2pm – Lunch
2 – 4pm – Workshop
4pm – Tea
4.30pm – Informal performance
4.45pm – Day ends

How to Apply

Please email workshops@musicsussex.org.uk stating your voice, and which day(s) you would like to attend and whether you will bring your own music. If you have sung the pieces before and have a preference for first or second soprano, or first or second choirs, please say and we will try to accommodate that. To ensure a good balance, places will be allocated by Nick and it may not be possible to accommodate everyone who applies. When your place is confirmed we’ll send you details of how to pay.