2017 BACHFEST, Opening concert announced

Programme also includes: 6th Bach Singers Prize (see preliminary details below), Bach Club concert, concerts and recitals.

The London Bach Society’s 27th Bachfest forms part of national celebrations to mark the anniversary on 31 October and throughout the year.  We shall be updating this page and posting some Weblogs as and when information is ready to publish. In the meantime here are some useful websites, to which more will be added as the autumn draws near.

Some useful websites  (visit the (Leipzig) Bachfest pages)

Entry to the 6th Bach Singers Prize is open to all postgraduate singers in the age range 21-32 at November 2017 with the Entry Details and Entry Forms available for downloading from 1 June 2017.  Meanwhile, email enquiries are open to all prospective Bach Singers Prize entrants


Bach served the Lutheran Church all his life. For the post at Leipzig and in addition to his confirming his considerable musical skills at audition,  Bach had to pass some rigorous tests to confirm his religious beliefs to the Consistory as well before he could be appointed Cantor. The church cantatas he composed throughout his life, some at  Arnstadt, Mühlhausen, Weimar, Cöthen or the five cycles at Leipzig,  were performed during the weekly services, so except for some movements or a few whole works that were re-worked, the Leipzig congregation for example were treated to ‘world premières of new works’ on a weekly basis.

Directed  by its founder, Bach scholar & conductor Dr Paul Steinitz, the London Bach Society presented the first complete public cycle of Bach’s extant church and secular cantatas in this country from 1958-1987.  On completion, it made musical history in the UK and the achievement remains unique to the London Bach Society.


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