“Bach’s Famous Choir” reviewed

THOMANERCHOR 2019

These are members of Bach’s Famous Choir today, Thomanerchor Leipzig. Today’s choir inherits a tradition spanning 800 years. It was an important institution in Germany for 500 years before its most illustrious Cantor, Johann Sebastian Bach, was appointed Cantor of the Thomasschule in 1723. The story of the Thomaner and Thomasschule (St Thomas’ School) is told from its earliest days in a wonderful new and very readable book, available now in English, written by Bach scholar and Leipzig Bachfest Artistic Director, Professor Michael Maul.

Michael Maul

Click on the link to access my review

http://www.bachlive.co.uk/resource/books/

It is 25 years since the LBS hosted and promoted the Thomanerchor’s UK debut, appearing in performances of Bach’s Johannes-Passion BWV 245 (1725 version) with Steinitz Bach Players in London, Cambridge, Birmingham and Wells. It was a truly memorable tour…..and so is their story.

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Bach at Langstone – 1 June 2019

LANGSTONE COURT

1 June 2019  “Bach at Langstone” from 6.00pm

Reception, Recital given by SBP leader & guest director Rodolfo Richter (vln) and distinguished harpsichordist Carole Cerasi, and supper in this lovely period family home Langstone Court, Herefordshire. The evening is hosted by LBS Council Chairman Richard Jones and given in the spirit of Bach’s Coffee-House concerts which, in summer, were presented in Zimmermann’s Garden on the outskirts of Leipzig.  Our reception will be (weather permitting -fingers and toes crossed) will be in the Garden, with the recital and supper in the house.

Tickets £47 each to include reception, recital and two course supper (with vegetarian option).

For full information and booking go to http://www.langstone-court.org.uk/Bach-2019.html

Booking is open.

1 JUNE PROGRAMME

 

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Dr Peter Hurford OBE

Read the Tribute to our late Honorary Patron by clicking on the link:

http://www.bachlive.co.uk/tributes/dr-peter-hurford-obe/

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SUPPORT OUR 2019 BACHFEST

 LBS 2019 – OUR PURPOSE & WHAT WE DO 

Are you celebrating a special occasion this year, a special birthday or anniversary?

In celebration or just for fun, why not sponsor an event in the London Bach Society’s autumn Festival?

Our Programme of Work is supported annually by private patrons and Bach Friends, in addition to grants from charitable trusts. As part of our development strategy we are now extending the opportunities to support the London Bach Society. We are inviting private patrons to sponsor an event or to donate the Prizes for the Bach Singers Competition later this year.  If you are interested, then please get in touch:  Call 01883 717372 or email lbs@lonbachsoc.demon.co.uk

  • 18-30 Bach Club reaches its 10th Birthday on 1 Nvember. This event is opening the door to the ‘live’ classical concert experience for many young people.
  • The 7th Bach Singers competition is scheduled for Bachfest 2019. This will benefit young singers on the threshold of their careers through three Rounds, Master Classes and Workshops.  Our past biennial Bach Singers Prizewinners are all making waves on stage and in the recital hall, including Nick Pritchard (2013), Anna Harvey (2015), Jessica Dandy (2017).    2019 Prize Fund is £4,000 (First Prize £2,500,  £500 each for the 3 runners up)

Coming soon…Online Edition of “Bach Notes”  published in March 2019. Among the features….

  • Composer Portraits
  • “Bach’s Choir” – a review of Michael Maul’s latest book now published in its English version
  • The significance of the Leipzig Coffee-House concerts
  • Throwback Bachfest 2018
  • LBS Factfile
  • What’s up next… and lots more.

Bachfest 2019

31 October – 10 November

The Programme will be announced in the summer. Tickets on sale from July 2019

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MATCH FUND UPDATE as at 4 March 2019

GORDON DOUBLE CONCERTO IMAGE

Steinitz Bach Players celebrating Golden 50th at Bachfest in St John’s Smith Square on 6 November 2018

MATCH FUND

We have just £1,175 left to raise in order to meet our £10,000 target ( that can be £935 donations + £233.75 Gift Aid). 

If you are not a UK tax payer or prefer not to make a Gift Aid Declaration you can still donate.  

Thank you so much to all the donors who have supported the Match Fund so far.

London Bach Society is funded by private donations, grants from charitable trusts and the general income, including ticket sales ,it can generate from its public activities (concerts, recitals, workshops, competitions, organ and music hire).  Since 1968 LBS has supported its own professional orchestra that attracts the very best players to our platform.

Revenue from ticket sales does not cover the costs of the events we present at Bachfest or at any other time of the year, so we rely on the generosity of our donors, Bach Friends and our audience supporters to help us make things happen.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, trusts and Bach Friends we have raised £60,000 of the £70,000 target in support of the London Bach Society’s annual programme of work.  To reach the target and propel us into our new era of work, we are busy raising the final £10,000. The Match Fund was launched with a donation £5,000, which has been donated already, a further £3,800 has been raised in matching funds from other donors bringing the total to £8,800.

We have just £1,200 to go and we’ll meet our target;

  • if £960 in Gift Aid donations is received, LBS (registered charity number 1082788) can reclaim a further £250 at no extra cost to yourself and the target is met.
  • A Gift Aid declaration is available to download (scroll down).
  • If you prefer not to make a Gift Aid donation or are not a UK taxpayer you can still donate.

Will you join in and help us?  Small gifts or larger ones…they all count; they are all valued. 

The Final Lap

You can make your donation, choose one of the methods below.

To apply Gift Aid , complete, sign and email 2019 GIFT AID DECLARATION (1)   to lbs@lonbachsoc.demon.co.uk  or post to address below

  • By cheque (payable to London Bach Society) and sent to LBS, 73 High Street, Old Oxted, Surrey RH8 9LN
  • By phone & card – Call 01883 717372 (9.30am-5.00pm Mon-Fri)
  • Online via PayPal

 




All donations by will be acknowledged by email and the names of donors listed on the Website (unless you prefer to remain anonymous). Your gift will be greatly valued and appreciated.  Thank you so much from all of us.

Updated 19 February 2019

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