18-30 BACH CLUB – 19 FEB at 7.45pm & LBS UPDATES

 

LBS 18-30 BACH CLUB – 19 February at 7.45pm – UPDATE

Click on the link to download our Bach Club flyer.

Tickets are FREE for 18-30s or £10 all others. Free wine after and some fab Bach to hear….. Reserve your seat in advance (01883 717372) or at the door from 7.15pm.

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Our singers:

Emily Owen soprano,  Collin Shay alto,  Hugo Hymas tenor,   Nicholas Mogg bass

Our players:
Oboe Bethan White, Bassoon Catriona McDermid,  Violin-  name coming up soon,  Viola1- Jakub Chlepko  Viola2- Heather Bourne ‘cello- Mirjam Münzel    Organ-Thomas Allery,  Harpsichord Satoko Doi-Luck

LBS at 70

Using the Navigation, visit the LBS 70th Anniversary Advance Information page to mark dates and discover some of the plans already in place for our celebratory year 2016.

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Celebrating Samuel Wesley and William Sterndale Bennett

Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) and William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875)

These two influential musicians who led the British Bach revival in the 19th century have anniversaries this year. To set the London Bach Society’s work in context we have created a designated page for each that pinpoints their achievements. Using the navigation (screen right) scroll down to the section headed LONDON BACH SOCIETY’S 70th ANNIVERSARY.

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LBS BACH CLUB – Friday 19 February 2016

LBS 18-30 Bach Club

7.45pm at Gresham Centre, Gresham Street, London EC2 (5 mins from St Paul’s tube)

Tickets FREE for 18-30s, £10 others.  Wine or Juice provided. Doors open at 7.15pm. Advance bookings accepted. Call 01883 717372

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Sculpture by Prof. Bernd Göbel, Arnstadt 1985

The Young Bach

No, your eyes are not deceiving you! This is a sculpture of Bach as a young man by Bernd Göbel. It sits in the market square in Arnstadt where the composer was organist from 1703-1707 aged 18-22. Believe it or not Bach was once a young, vigorous, impetuous, even arrogant young musician, eager to study, to learn and to make his mark in the musical world, networking when he could to capitalise on his growing local reputation and enhance his CV. This is a far cry from the bewigged, sober-looking elder statesman in the Haussmann portraits of  the 1740s, which we know so well isn’t it?   

In his youth Bach defied his bosses, extended his stay (unauthorised) at Lübeck in 1705 in order to soak up the lively atmosphere there and learn from his musical mentors. Later Bach even resorted to fisticuffs in a squabble with a bassoonist!  Yes, he was real flesh and blood.

At the age of just 22 at Mühlhausen, where he was organist from 1707-1708, Bach produced the deeply moving  cantata “Aus der Tiefe” (Out of the deep I call to Thee) BWV 131 which we proudly present at our February Bach Club. It was composed to commission.

Packaged with some equally delicious chamber music, the Bach Club’s invited singers and players are all at the beginning of their careers too, perfecting their art, busy networking, enhancing their CVs. They follow in Bach’s footsteps and his Leipzig Collegium of the 1730s to enlighten, entertain and enthuse an equally young audience…come and join us…the social bit is pretty good too.   All are welcome.

Programme – the names of all the performers will follow plus a little info about old Reincken, who lived to be 100

The Young Bach 

Reincken/Bach  – Trio Sonata in A minor from Hortus Musicus & Sonata for Harpsichord in A minor BWV 965

Joh. Seb. Bach – Sonata for violin and continuo in E minor BWV 1023

Joh. Seb. Bach – Cantata “Aus der Tiefe,” BWV 131 (1707)

 

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What’s on in 2016 – updated 19 January

A very Happy New Year from all of us in LBS.

LBS at 70

London Bach Society celebrates its 70th anniversary on 7 November 2016. Founded by the late Bach scholar and conductor (Dr) Paul Steinitz in 1946, LBS has played a seminal role in the post-war British Bach revival with major projects achieved that have changed the way we study and perform the composer’s music in this country since. 

We share our anniversary with two other influential musicians who led the Bach revival in the 19th century: organist and composer Samuel Wesley (250th Anniversary) and composer, performer, director and educator William Sterndale Bennett (200th Anniversary).

Coming soon: A page about Samuel Wesley

William Sterndale Bennett: Click on the link for immediate access to WSB’s page
http://www.bachlive.co.uk/about/london-bach-society-70th-anniversary-in-2016/william-sterndale-bennett-1816-1875/

Coming soon: Links to our designated pages to read more about these two Bach devotees working in a very different environment.

In the meantime here are some further dates for your diary: -

  • 14 March 2016 -  Publication date for the first of two special issues of the LBS Journal “Bach Notes
  • 1 September 2016 – 28 February 2017 - LBS 70th Anniversary, including the 26th annual Bachfest
  • 1 September 2016 -  Publication date for the second of two special issues of the LBS Journal “Bach Notes”
  • 30 October -14 November 2016 – provisional dates for LBS Bachfest, with some pre-B’fest events as well.

We look forward to sharing our anniversary with our Bach Friends and followers.

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