LBS 70th celebrated at Bachfest 4-11 November 2016 Updated 23 August
Click on the link to download your copy of Bach Notes 2016 BACH NOTES Autumn Edition
Click here to access a copy of our Brochure: 2016 LBS BACHFEST BROCHURE (1)
To book tickets for concerts on 4 and 8 November, go to www.sjss.org.uk Early Bird tickets are only available from LBS direct until 16 September Go to Bachfest 2016 page for details.
To Book tickets online for LBS 70th Anniversary Concert on 7 November, Go to Bachfest 2016 page (use navigation and scroll down)
To book tickets (even free ones) for Bach Club concert on 11 November, go to http://chinaexchange.uk
Dear Friends and Supporters
It is no mean feat for any organisation to reach its 70th anniversary. It is a testament to the love and dedication to the promotion of Bach’s music in this country by so many and it is with a sense of pride and much joy that we approach the presentation of our autumn events in celebration. The events celebrate the musical ethos and spirit of the LBS and will be performed by prominent and creative musicians today alongside some exciting new talent.
There is an Exhibit at the Royal Academy of Music that through the items on display sets our founder’s work with the London Bach Society in context with two key players in the 19th century British Bach revival – Samuel Wesley (250th) and William Sterndale Bennett (200th) who also have anniversaries this year; we join the City Music Society and the Worshipful Company of Musicians for their annual Bach Cantata concert held in the church where Paul Steinitz was Director of Music (1949-1961) and where so many iconic LBS projects have begun.
We are also delighted to be presenting two stellar concerts in St John’s Smith Square (4 & 8 November) where we feel completely at home in the congenial and period surroundings of this re-energised international concert hall. We look forward to celebrating our 70th on the actual foundation day (7 November) with an evening of Bach’s music in a concert format not a million miles away from 18th century Leipzig, this laced with some spoken mémoires and given in Handel’s Parish Church, St George’s Church Hanover Square. Finally …for the 18-30 Bach Club concert we take our audience to London’s exciting new venue, China Exchange, the cultural centre founded by our President Sir David Tang in the heart of London’s China Town, informal, relaxed, friendly, stimulating. In the footsteps of Bach and his students’ musical society, on the Bill so far are some stellal rising stars including Chinese-born pianist Ke Ma, Tabea Debus and her collection of recorders with Oliver Pooley on marimba. This promises to be a very exciting evening.
Forward planning for Bachfest 2017 is already underway, a series to reflect the 500th anniversary of Luther’s Reformation and including the 6th Bach Singers Prize competition, and soon plans for 2018 will be concluded. So why not join in the celebrations as we open a new chapter in the life of the London Bach Society, active today and building upon its considerable musical legacy. What finer tribute can we possibly pay to our founder Paul Steinitz and to all who have been part of our story over seven decades! Margaret Steinitz