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 and 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.
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.
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.
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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.