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London Bach Society’s Bachfest has been given an award in Arts Council England’s “Grants for the Arts” Programme.

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30 July 2015

25th Bachfest 2015 : The programme of events and online booking is now on our website.  Go to the Bachfest 2015 section or click on the link http://www.bachlive.co.uk/bachfest-2015-25th-anniversary-1990-2015/25th-anniversary-bachfest-31-october-13-november-2015/

For online booking and general information go to http://www.bachlive.co.uk/bachfest-2015-25th-anniversary-1990-2015/1619-2/

28 July 2015

Take a moment today to remember Johann Sebastian Bach, who passed away on this day in 1750. “Vor deinen Thron, tret ich hiermit”  BWV 668

17 July 2015

The Bach Digital database portal is designed to provide Bach researchers, professional musicians and amateur music-lovers with up to date information on the works of Johann Sebastian Bach and other composers from the Bach family… (quoting from their website).  English version provided. Navigate to our Resources section and click on links to visit Bach Digital.

7 July 2015

Bachfest 2015: LBS 5th Bach Singers Prize Competition  The Entry Details and Entry Forms are now available to download from the LBS 5th Bach Singers Prize page- Use navigation.  Entry deadline: Monday 28 September 2015

1 July 2015  

Tickets for opening Bachfest concert available for purchase online. Click on the link to purchase your ticket for the opening event at LBS Bachfest on 31 October

http://www.bachlive.co.uk/bachfest-2015-25th-anniversary-1990-2015/the-complete-organ-works-of-bach-24-september-31-october-2015/

29 June  Arts Council Success

London Bach Society has been awarded a grant from Arts Council England in the Grants for the Arts programme for their 25th Anniversary Bachfest “Bach and the Leipzig Inheritance“. The series, which begins on 31 October and runs until 13 November 2015, honours the city in its 1000th anniversary year and enables musicians and today’s audience to take a peek into the life and work of Leipzig’s greatest musical citizen.  The full programme will be announced shortly.

24 June  Bach Bibliography

This is an essential resource that opens up the world of Bach to a wider readership.  Search to your heart’s content! Click on the link for direct access. The site is also available in English.   Enjoy!  http://www.bach-leipzig.de/de/Bibliothek

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LBS 5th Bach Singers Prize – update at 10 June 2015

LBS 5th Bach Singers Prize Competition update

The Entry Forms and Full details will be posted later this month. In the meantime and to assist your forward planning, a resumé of the Competition is publshed. Using our navigation, go to the LBS 5TH BACH SINGERS PRIZE 2015 page to find out more.

Donors to the Prize Fund may also give their donations online from the Singers Prize page.

Stop Press: 2013 Bach Singers Prize Finalists Esther Brazil and Anna Harvey will both be among the soloists at the Leipzig Bachfest (12-21 June 2015)

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BACH at LANGSTONE COURT – Saturday 6 June 2015… & Bachfest updates

Saturday 6 June 2015   Bach at Langstone Court  

The Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach (1725) with Kate Semmens soprano and Steven Devine  harpsichord

 STEVEN DEVINE (1)   Steven Devine and Kate Semmens    KATE SEMMENS

This delicious recital comprised of arias, keyboard suites and miniatures to be found in one of the Notebooks Bach specially compiled for his devoted and very musical second wife Anna Magdalena Bach. The two-volumed collection was assembled (i) at Cöthen in 1722 and (ii) at Leipzig in 1725. Part of our Leipzig-themed year, it is this later volume upon which lies the focus for the programme to be presented.  As a good Lutheran, Bach attached as much importance to the musical provision for his family members as he did for the music he provided week in, week out, for others. Music-making in the family home was part and parcel of their daily lives.  Bach at Langstone Court brought the spirit of Bach’s family music-making into the present day – a family concert in a family home. It was full and judging by the comments flowing to Richard Jones since, there is much enthusiasm for more music at this beautiful period home deep in the Herefordshire countryside.

Mark the Bachfest date Thank you Steven and Kate for a memorable evening and see you both at Bachfest on 9 November 2015 when London audiences will have the opportunity to hear this programme in the beautiful and intimate Salon of Wax Chandlers’ Hall, a livery hall in the city of London’s Gresham Street.

LANGSTONE COURT

The recital  was given in the gracious surroundings of Langstone Court,Llangarron, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire by kind invitation of Richard Jones, Chairman of the London Bach Society’s Council.

1 September

Bach Notes 25th Anniversary Festival Edition will be published.

LBS 25th Anniversary Bachfest  Updates

31 October-13 November 2015  “Bach and the Leipzig Inheritance”

The Festival programme honours the city of Leipzig’s 1000th anniversary. Bachfest runs from 31 October- 13 November, immediately following The Complete Bach Organ Works, performed by international recitalist Margaret Phillips  (24 September-31 October) at St. George’s Hanover Square and promoted in partnership with Mayfair Organ Concerts (Directors Simon Williams and Richard Hobson).

Note: The Recital Programmes for the Complete Bach Organ Works series are now available to download/print. Using the navigation (page right) go to the designated page to obtain your copy.

Become a Bach Friend

A warm invitation is extended to join our growing list of Bach Friends, who support the London Bach Society, its annual Bach Festival and other activities. Details are on the Bach Friends pages and you can join online.  We look forward to welcoming you.

Other news…

Bach Notes – Spring 2015 Edition

The latest edition of the London Bach Society’s Journal is published.  Click on the link to download and enjoy

BACH NOTES SPRING 2015 READ VERSION

Bach’s portrait comes home!

It has been announced that the most famous portrait of Bach by Elias Haussmann has been bequeathed to the Leipzig Bach-Archiv. The bequest has been made by the Will of the late Dr. William H Scheide, the Princeton-based philanthropist and Bach devotee, who died last year.

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Bachfest 2015

Bachfest 2015 (31 October-13 November)

With a sparkling performance of Bach’s fifth Brandenburg Concerto at 2014 Bachfest still ringing in our ears, we move on towards our 25th Anniversary Bachfest in 2015. Planning is already advanced and the programme will be announced in early July, posted on our website with tickets available to purchase.  The theme will reflect the City of Leipzig’s 1000th Anniversary and Bach’s year’s serving as the City’s Cantor from 1723-1750.

Bachfest will be preceded by a major series “The Complete Organ Works of J S Bach” performed by recitalist, teacher and founder of the English Organ School, Margaret Phillips. There will be three recitals per week (Thurs, Fri, Sat, all at 6.00pm) from 24 September – 31 October and  given on the Richards, Fowkes & Co organ at St. George’s Church Hanover Square, London W1 (Handel’s Parish Church). Admission is free with retiring collection (except 31 October, when this recital will open the LBS Bachfest – tickets £15 and available online from 1 July 2015.

Using the navigation, go to the designated page for the programmes.

Become a Bach Friend – Join Online today

Launched in 2013, the list of Bach Friends is growing in number. Bach Friends support the work of the London Bach Society and its annual Bachfest. By joining the Bach Friends you will be helping us to make things happen.

You can join online by navigating to the Bach Friends page where you will  find more details, can survey the choices  and access a donate button.   Gift Aid can be applied, increasing the value of your Bach Friendship.

We look forward to welcoming you.

 

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Dr. William H Scheide

Dr. William H  Scheide (1914-2014)

The death has been announced today of the philanthropist and Bach devotee Dr. William  Scheide.  Paul and I met Dr. Scheide at a performance of Bach’s Johannes-Passion my husband was directing in Princeton. Scheide then invited us to his home to talk ‘Bach’ and he later showed us the original Haussmann portrait (1748) and some manuscripts in the Scheide Library.  We were honoured.  Dr. Scheide was not only a generous philanthropist, but also an active performer, directing the Bach Aria Group across America for 34 years and bringing Bach’s music into the lives of many who would otherwise not have had the chance to hear the music ‘live’. The Bach world has lost a real friend. www.bach-archiv.de

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LBS President Sir David Tang wins Asian Arts Award

Sir David Tang wins Asian Arts Award

Sir David Tang, LBS President

Sir David Tang, LBS President

Watch this clip and see our President receive his richly deserved award

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4pxkVUvfFA

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A New Master of the Queen’s Music

Judith Weir is appointed Master of the Queen’s Music

Judith Weir, the new Master of the Queen's Music

Judith Weir, the new Master of the Queen’s Music

The appointment of the composer Judith Weir CBE as Master of the Queen’s Music in succession to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies is announced today. She is the first female to hold this historic position. Many congratulations and good wishes. For more information visit www.musicsalesclassical.com.

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Sir John Tavener’s Service of Thanksgiving

Sir John Tavener’s Service of Thanksgiving

A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of the composer Sir John Tavener took place on 11 June in the splendour and spiritual atmosphere of Westminster Abbey.  The congregation was a mix of specially invited guests,  musical colleagues and audience followers.

HRH The Prince of Wales, a personal friend of the composer, attended in a private capacity.

The Address was given by Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Bible Readings were delivered by Simon Russell Beale and Sir Magdi Yacoub, and Tavener’s eldest daughter Theodora read a moving piece her father wrote specially for his three children. The music was provided by the Choir of Westminster Abbey directed by James O’Donnell, the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Layton, soloists Nicholas Daniel, Stephen Isserlis, Thomas Gould and the soprano Patricia Rozario.

Among the invited guests was Mrs Margaret Steinitz who also represented the London Bach Society. The late Dr. Paul Steinitz with the London Bach Society choir (1947-1989) gave the first professional public performance of a Tavener work, his Three Holy Sonnets of John Donne, on 20 July 1964 in the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield fifty years ago. The composer was just 20. There followed a lifelong friendship and musical association with the significant musical figure that is the late John Tavener.

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Trusteeship of the London Bach Society

Trusteeship of the London Bach Society

One of the objectives of the London Bach Society’s Strategic Plan for the development of the Society in the run-up to the 70th anniversary in November 2016 is the appointment of four new Trustees to complement the team, bringing the total serving to nine.

Full details are published in a pdf that can be downloaded from the “About Us” pages.  Scroll down to  Governance & Contact  (See Navigation). 

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Paul Steinitz Memorial

Paul Steinitz Memorial

We have received enquiries as to whether there is a public memorial to our founder, the Bach scholar and conductor Dr Paul Steinitz (1909-1988). 

Paul’s memorial is in the Cloister of London’s oldest church, the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield, London EC 1. Dr Steinitz was Director of Music at this historic church from 1949-1961 and many of the London Bach Society’s pioneering Bach concerts were presented there during his lifetime, including annual performances of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion.

The Memorial was unveiled by the Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of London on 18 April 1991 at a concert of Bach Cantatas for the 1st and 2nd Sundays after Easter.

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