18-30 BACH CLUB: Friday 7 November at 7.00pm In the footsteps of Bach…here is the programme. Click on the link
WHAT’S ON AT THE BACH CLUB 2014
ONLINE BOOKING: Available for events on 3/4 Nov and 14 Nov. Go to Bachfest Booking Details
STEWARDS INVITED: If you’d like to help steward and sell programmes at the events on 1 (all day), 3, 7 and 14 Nov please call 01883 717372
7 NOVEMBER at 7.00pm BACH CLUB New Groups play Bach, Handel, Telemann. Go to Bachfest 2014 page for programme
FREE STUDENT TICKETS - Free tickets for full time students for all events from 3-14 November. Apply in advance (preferable) by calling 01883 717372 or at the door on the day. Bring Student ID.
LONDON BACH SOCIETY’S 24th BACHFEST 1-14 NOVEMBER 2014
St. George’s Church Hanover Square London W1 (Oxford Circus tube)
Inspirations & Events
CPE Bach’s 300th A Bach in Georgian London WW1 Centenary and the link to Bach, A Silent Film, Bach Club…and of course lots of JSB
Rachel Beckett David Briggs Graham Barber Julia Doyle Mahan Esfahani Rupert Gough Simon McVeigh Richard Pinel The Rautio Piano Trio Rodolfo Richter Anthony Robson Alastair Ross Lisete da Silva Robin Walker Simon Williams Steinitz Bach Players…and the “Phantom of the Opera”
Full Programme http://www.bachlive.co.uk/bachfest-2014-1-14-november/
Booking details http://www.bachlive.co.uk/bachfest-2014-1-14-november/bachfest-booking-details-online-general/
2014 BACHFEST PROGRAMME
Rising star harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani (7pm 3/4 November) has won a 2014 Gramophone Award in the Baroque Instrumental category for his recording of CPE Bach’s “Württemberg Sonatas”.
The title of Simon McVeigh‘s pre-concert talk at 6.30pm on 14 November is “Concerts at London’s Hanover Square Rooms: from J.C. to J.S. Bach” Admission to this is FREE with CONCERT TICKET
Sir David Tang wins Asian Arts Award
Sir David Tang, LBS President
Watch this clip and see our President receive his richly deserved award
Dear Bach Friends and LBS Supporters
Thank you so much to all our donors, Bach Friends and Charitable Trusts who help us to make our annual Bachfest possible. The joy of planning our annual Bachfest is to be repeatedly reminded of the richness of Bach’s music and his on going musical influence that spans nearly three centuries. None is more so apparent than in the programme devised for our 24th series.
We contribute to national remembrance with our WW1 Centenary Reflection and to the Hanoverian Succession celebrations with our contemporary tribute to the Bach-Abel subscription concerts that were founded in mid-18th century Georgian London. From 1775 this annual series took place in the Hanover Square Rooms that became the capital’s premier concert hall and they were forerunners of the public concert format we enjoy today. The original site was just a few yards away from Handel’s Parish Church, St. George’s Church Hanover Square – our home for the 2014 Bachfest.
I can promise you glorious music played by some stellar artists to rival those in the glittering Bach-Abel circle, including our own orchestra Steinitz Bach Players directed by the brilliant Rodolfo Richter. Did you know that the viola d’amore (14 Nov) is an English invention? Come and join us! With all good wishes
Margaret Steinitz (Artistic Director)
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Judith Weir is appointed 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.
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.
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).
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.
Here’s our recommended pick of Bach works to listen to this Eastertide:
- Good Friday – Matthäus-Passion
- Easter Sunday – Cantata “Christ lag in Todesbanden” BWV4
- Easter Monday – Cantata “Bleib’ bei uns, denn es will Abend werden” BWV 6
- Easter Tuesday – Cantata “Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiβ” BWV 134
Mahan Esfahani nomination
Mahan thrilled LBS audience on 21 March
It has just been announced that harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani has been nominated for an RPS Award in the Instrumentalists Category. The awards are promoted by the Royal Philharmonic Society. The winners will be announced on 13 May 2014 at the annual RPS Awards dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, London. MS
Bach’s Cantata “Himmelskönig, sei willkommen ” (Welcome, King of Heaven)
Bach provided Cantata BWV 182 for performance on Palm Sunday 25 March 1714, just a few weeks after his appointment as Kapellmeister by Duke Wilhelm Ernst at the Court at Weimar. Bach had already been serving as composer and chamber musician, having arrived in the city in 1708. So this new appointment represented promotion for Bach, with the requirement to provide cantatas for the weekly services at the Himmelsburg (Heaven’s Castle).
Bach’s appointment in March 1714 would have come during Lent when no cantatas were usually sung during the Services, exception being Cantata BWV 54 for solo alto, strings and basso continuo that probably pre-dates 1714 and which was performed at Weimar on 24 March 1715, the Third Sunday in Lent. So we can safely assume that “Himmelskönig, sei willkommen” would have been the first cantata provided by Bach in his ‘elevated’ post. It is scored for alto, tenor and bass soloists; soprano, alto, tenor and bass chorus, recorder, solo violin, violin I, viola I & II, ‘cello I & II, bass, and organ continuo. 25 March is also the Feast of the Annunciation, so in 1714 BWV 182 would have served both this and the Palm Sunday liturgy.
The text is based upon the Gospel for the Day: St. Matthew 21, vv 1-9 and was probably provided by Salomo Franck, although there is a question mark here.
300 years later, Palm Sunday falls on 13 April 2014.