Yorkshire Baroque Soloists is delighted to announce the release of Bach’s early version of St Matthew Passion. Recorded using solo voices and Bach’s intended Orchestral forces it is available to buy on iTunes here.


Yorkshire Baroque Soloists was formed in 1973 by Peter Seymour to perform a repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries for forces ranging from chamber to orchestral size. The group has performed and recorded in most European countries and has regularly appeared in baroque and classical repertoire in York Early Music Festival.

Much of the orchestra’s work has been with Yorkshire Bach Choir and recent performances have included Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem and C Minor Mass and Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. Commercially released recordings have included Bach’s Motets (Carlton); A Festal Mass at the Imperial Court in Vienna, 1648 (Carlton); Mozart’s RequiemPsalms and motets by Tomás Luis de Victoria; Monteverdi Vespro Della Beata Vergine; Bach Family Motets. In 2011 YBS recordings Bach St John Passion and B minor Mass were released by Signum Records. In September 2013, YBS (with Charles Daniels and Peter Harvey) recorded Bach St Matthew Passion also for Signum Records. This will be released in 2014.

YBS recently performed Purcell’s Fairy Queen and Dido & Aeneas in Festival Mitte Europa (in Germany and Czech Republic) and presented a Purcell Day of three concerts in Merseburg (Germany) and at Köthener Herbst performed a programme of music by Bach, Torelli and Handel from Bach’s library from his time at Köthen. In recent summers YBS appeared at Ryedale Festival performing B minor Mass and St John Passion and at Knechtsteden Festival (with Emma Kirkby – Handel cantatas).  In December 2013, YBS, YBC and English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble combined to perform a Venetian Christmas Celebration. Later in 2014 YBS again combines with YBC in Bach St Matthew Passion  and in the 2014 YEMF YBS performs CPE Bach’s unique and wonderfully expressive Passion Cantata Die letzten Leiden des Erösers.

Next season, YBS and YBC perform Handel Messiah and Haydn Maria Theresa Mass with Mozart Requiem.

To find out more about YBS and YBC click here. Or contact Bethany directly.