Deborah has been singing Bach since she was a child and a profound connection with his music takes a central place in her life as a musician and singer. She has sung over 60 of his cantatas, as soprano soloist, well as the masses and the passions with many of the most distinguished conductors and ensembles performing this repertoire. In the year 2000, ‘Bach Year’, she toured extensively across Europe and as far afield as Japan, New York and Australia with Herreweghe and Collegium Vocale Gent. She has recorded for Harmonia Mundi with Herreweghe and for Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.

»Deborah York has a creamy, crystalline voice, full of delicacy and freshness which reminds one very much of Ely Ameling. Her contributions were impregnated with that special perfume which emanates from a perfect understanding of the work and the essence of what Bach wanted to say.«

Miguel Angel Nepomuceno

h-moll-Messe – RIAS Kammerchor/Freiburger Barockorchester/Herreweghe Bach-Woche im Berliner Konzerthaus, live gesendet: Deutschlandradio, 2000

»Inspired! The extreme tempo of ‘Laudamus te’ didn’t upset soprano Deborah York one bit. She executed it with ease.«

Berliner Zeitung

»masterfully accomplished.«

Berliner Morgenpost

»Soprano Deborah York and alto Andreas Scholl made a heavenly couple in ›Et in unum dominum‹.«


JS Bach – Matthäuspassion – in der Stiftskirche, Stuttgart 2005

»The unbelievably delicate, almost trance-like delivery of Deborah York«

Stuttgarter Zeitung

»Deborah York knew well how to guide instrumentally her bright, pure voice.«

Stuttgarter Nachrichten

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This programme was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 last December and was chosen 'Pick of the week' by listeners. I had the rare priveledge of being able to pour over the original score of Bach's H-moll Messe at the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin for a couple of hours and talk a bit about it. I hope you enjoy listening to it too.