What’s On in 2017



Martin Luther, Theologian, Reformer, Musician

“Revisiting Luther’s time and advocacies will help to put them into perspective, understand them better, even answer questions that have remained unanswered for centuries perhaps.  Whatever the conclusions, whatever he did and believed, however controversial  (…and he was!) Martin Luther was a towering figure….and his undoubted influence on Bach’s life and music is reflected in the composer’s repertory.”  MS   For the full article click on the link below.


Our next e-Bach Notes:

The next edition of our bi-monthly e-Bach Notes will be emailed in mid February. If you would like y our name to be added to our e-List, then email us: lbs@lonbachsoc.demon.co.uk

New Article and Mark the dates

Our next Bachfest will be in the period 29 October-12 November 2017 and includes the biennial Bach Singers prize competition.

Our upgraded Journal will be published in September 2017 and circulated free.


Bach Network UK 7th Dialogue Meeting, Cambridge 10-15 July 2017. Go to www.bachnetwork.co.uk for details and to register

Bach Notes Journal

Click on the link to download your copy of the latest Bach Notes  2016 BACH NOTES Autumn Edition  Bi-monthly editions are emailed to all on our free mailing list. If you would like your name to be added to this list to keep in touch then all you have to do is send us an email request to lbs@lonbachsoc.demon.co.uk or use the facilities at the foot of this post.

In the meantime, keep in touch with us via our Website, Facebook and Twitter  www.twitter.com/bachlive

Bach Friends

If you are not yet a Bach Friend of the London Bach Society, why not make it this year to join us and help make things happen?  Bach Friends support the annual Bachfest and our annual programme of work. You can become a Bach Friend from as little as £50. For more information and to join go to our Bach Friends’ page. Gift Aid may be applied to all donations if you are a UK Tax Payer. and all donations are acknowledged.

LBS Exhibit

Visit the LBS Exhibit at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 - on display until 28 February 2017. The Exhibit is on display in the Tertis Display case, Lower Ground Floor opposite the Refectory.

Happy New Year!

We wish you a very Happy New Year, full of good things…and lots of Bach

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Bach Singers Prize 2017 – latest news

Bach Singers Prize Update  updated 5 January 2017

The LBS Bach Singers Prize is presented every two years, so the next one is due in the autumn 2017. The competition is open to postgraduate singers, either still studying or at the beginning of their careers, in the age range 21-32 years at the date of the Final (November 2017).   If you wish to receive advance information please email us by clicking on the icon below or emails us lbs@lonbachsoc.demon.co.uk and we shall add your details to our email list

Our 2015 Finalists’ reaction to The Competition ” …we were all saying how brilliant it is for those of us who love singing Bach to have a platform to perform music we love in such a wonderful setting with a brilliant orchestra.”

NEW: 2013 Bach Singers Prize Winner Nick Pritchard has been voted Breakthrough Artist in the 2017 Opera Poll

Make your pledge

We are delighted that donors are coming forward to make their Prize pledges for the next competition. Would you like to be one of our Prize Donors?  The total Prize fund to be raised is £4,000. Help us to make a difference to a young singer’s career by supporting the Prizes to be won.  Click on the link to download how to make your pledge. BACHFEST 2017 SINGERS PRIZE PLEDGES

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Bach scholar Peter Williams (1937-2016)

Professor Peter Williams (1937-2016)

The death has been announced of the British Bach scholar Professor Peter Williams aged 78.  One of the most respected writers on Bach over the past half-century, Peter Williams was a former Professor and Dean of Music at the University of Edinburgh and Emeritus Arts and Sciences Professor of Music at Duke University, North Carolina. There will be many an organist today brought up on Williams’ three volumes “The Organ Music of J S Bach”  published between 1981-1984 where, among other thought-provoking statements, he dared to suggest that the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 was not by Bach.  He was also a close friend of one of the world’s most respected and gifted interpreters of Bach’s organ works,  Dr. Peter Hurford, regularly attending the St. Albans Organ Festival  & Competition founded by Hurford in 1963. 

Always fascinated by every aspect and joining our frustrations that so little in the way of letters and documents have survived that give us greater knowledge of Bach’s life and work, Williams became author-turned-detective, using segments of the Bach Obituary to delve deeper and in the process to offer further insight that moved away from the deferential and towards the more human. It was this that inspired Williams’ biography of the composer “The Life of Bach” published in 2004 expanded to “J S Bach: A Life in Music” published in 2007, these two volumes a culmination perhaps of his own life’s work from which many across the globe have benefitted. While Bach scholarship is continually being advanced, Williams’ books will remain a significant reference point for all students of the composer and form part of the legacy of expertise and knowledge handed on to new generations.

Peter Williams’ books are published by Cambridge University Press www.cambridge.org.  Visit our Books page for information on a new Bach book by Professor Williams published after his death.   Margaret Steinitz



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