RCO Forum Talk, originally delivered by Margaret Steinitz on 1 November 2014
This is now available to read or download from the Bach in Context section “Widor, Reger, Karg-Elert and the link to Bach”
The latest article about the London Bach Society
The latest article about the London Bach Society has been published, this time in The Organ Magazine. Commissioned by the magazine, it is entitled “An Essay on our Journey to Bach” and written by Margaret Steinitz, LBS Artistic Director. An extract appears on their website http://www.theorganmag.com
London Bach Society’s Bachfest celebrates its 25th anniversary in autumn 2015 (24 Sept- mid-December)
Founded in 1990, the LBS’s annual Bachfest is a series that combines high quality professional performances with a complementary education programme all around the story of Bach from his lifetime to the on-going inspiration his works provide for composers today . The series will feature the different genre in Bach’s collection of works – chamber music to the great Passions – incorporating the latest in Bach research and all to enhance our audience’s enjoyment of Bach’s fabulous treasury of music and have some fun.
Steinitz Bach Players is the resident orchestra and our platform is graced by some of the finest Bach scholars and performers of the present time. Some of the key events planned for the autumn 2015 is Bach’s Complete Organ Works in collaboration with St. George’s Hanover Square, the 5th Bach Singers Prize, a special 18-30 Bach Club, a Bachfest 25th celebration and Bachfest Supper. The full programme will be announced later in the year.
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Newcastle Bach Choir celebrates its centenary in 2o15
One of the riches of our musical life in this country is the large number of thriving choral societies. One in particular celebrates its centenary this year, its foundation and purpose of particular interest and significance in the Bach world.
Newcastle Bach Choir was founded in 1915 by Bach scholar and writer W G Whittaker. Whittaker’s two-volume book on Bach’s Cantatas was staple reading matter for many years and has only been superceded by the fruits of that modern Bach research has revealed since his death.
With WW1 into its second year and amidst considerable anti-German sentiment, Whittaker gathered together 24 singers to perform the church cantatas (albeit in English), which he rightly proclaimed were almost completely neglected here in the early 20th century. Bach remains a key composer for the choir to this day and on Bach’s birthday (21 March) they will perform the Mass in B minor, which itself is not a million miles away from the cantatas is it? More events will be announced on the choir’s website.
All good wishes from the London Bach Society for your centenary year. www.newcastlebachchoir.org.uk