The run up to Christmas was even more hectic than usual this year - the not-so-nice side of the snowy landscape we enjoyed in England in December- and so the email I intended to write before Christmas did not materialise, but I didn't want to allow 2010 to end without sending you all an enormous THANK YOU for having supported us through the release of all the recordings we made of the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage, ten years after the tour and five years after the first release. It really meant so much to John Eliot, myself, and all the musicians who took part in this millennial adventure that so many bought into the idea and wanted to collect the CDs, and it is a good feeling to "turn the page" on the BCP and look to the future and many more Bach recordings still to come.

We haven't forgotten the promise to record the Ascension Cantatas - which we are struggling to schedule at the moment but will definitely come - and we are still in  discussions to acquire the cantatas released on Deutsche Grammophon (although probably most of you will already own them....), but for the time being I can announce that this spring we shall be releasing  a live recording of the St. John Passion recorded in the Königslutter Dom in 2003, with Mark Padmore as the Evangelist and many of the BCP main soloists as well as Bernarda Fink. We are also planning to record the Motets in the autumn, which will be released the following year.

An email from me would not be the same without some "boring" stuff, but I thought I would confirm that, although your subscription is now complete, as a BCP subscriber we will continue to offer you a discounted price and priority ordering on our future Bach recordings, and I shall email you before each release with more boring bits on how to go about it!

In the meantime I would like to send you our very best wishes for a wonderful New Year full of music and joy!

Isabella Gardiner

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