How to sing Bach and play bassoon (at the same time)

How to sing Bach and play bassoon (at the same time)


norman lebrecht

March 27, 2020

Meet Peter Whelan, artistic director of the Irish Baroque Orchestra.


Well, someone had to.



  • Ron Swanson says:

    One of the better ones.

  • Ben G. says:

    Another hidden (and groovy) treasure from the enormous catalogue of Cantatas. You can’t stop tapping your foot when listening to this.

    It’s no wonder that Jazz musicians consider Bach a soul brother.

    Here’s another gem:

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  • Robert King says:

    Utterly brilliant – Peter is not only a fabulous bassoonist (as we all know), but he’s a fine keyboard player, and then here he shows he can sing both bass and countertenor as well as many who do these jobs (in normal times) for their livelihood. A true musical polymath (and he’s a really nice man to boot). More please, Peter!

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  • Ms.Melody says:

    Brilliant, amazing what talent can achieve with the little help from technology

  • Eighty second Bass says:

    Just delightful!! Thank you!

  • AndrewB says:

    Just brilliant!

  • Jan Henkins says:

    Wow, that was bl***y excellent!

  • Gerry McDonald says:

    Ensemble Marsyas pared down to the bare essentials, quite amazing!

  • Anthony says:

    Totally bril

  • Paul Carlile says:

    Wonderful, bravo, all the performers!

  • martha says:

    Thank you.Uplifting! Bach is the best antidote to corona virus -itis!

  • martha says:

    Absolutely fabulous-what a talent! Uplifting and funny too!

  • Patrick Matthiesen says:

    Absolutely divine. Made my day. Congratulations.

  • Karen Hartsuyker says:

    Just beautiful. Lovely vocals.