BACHFEST 2017 – THE PROGRAMME

BACHFEST 2017 “Bach and Luther: Masters and Servants”

14 October – 10 November 2017

Saturday 14 October from 2.30pm-4.30pm  Gresham Centre, Gresham Street EC2   

“The Tenebrae Effect”,  a community choral workshop on motets by Bach and Schütz with members of Tenebrae directed by the choir’s founder Nigel Short.

Tickets £15.00. Music provided.  To reserve your place and tell us which voice (SATB): Call 01883 717372 and have your card handy (Via/MasterCard accepted). Early reservation advised.

Gresham Centre is just 5 minutes’ walk from St Paul’s tube on Central Line

6th BACH SINGERS PRIZE COMPETITON

  • Monday 23 October from 4.00pm   BACH MASTER CLASSES  St George’s Church Hanover Square London W1  Tickets £5 per class or £8 for the two, at the door
  • Tuesday 24 October at 7.00pm  BACH SINGERS PRIZE – THE SEMI FINAL   St George’s Church, Hanover Square London W1

The Semi Finalists will each perform a recitative and an aria from  Bach Passion (St Matthew Passion or St John Passion)

Tickets £10 available online, by post, by phone, or at the door from 6.30pm. Full-time Students admitted Free of Charge – please bring student ID.  Go to BACHFEST BOOKING page to find out how to book your tickets in advance.

St George’s Church Hanover Square is 5-10 Minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus tube on Victoria/Central/Bakerloo lines.

  • Friday 27 October at 7.15pm    BACH SINGERS PRIZE – THE FINAL                         St Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield EC1

The Finalists will each perform an all-Bach programme of their own devising with the SBP. They are invited to introduce their programmes and will be interviewed after their performances.

The presentation of the Prizes will follow the Jury’s decision

Steinitz Bach Players, directed by Anthony Robson. The Jury will be chaired by Ian Partridge CBE

Tickets:  £20 and £15, Student FESTPASSES £5, available from LBS – online, by post, by phone or at the door from 6.30pm.  .  Go to BACHFEST BOOKING page to find out how to book your tickets in advance.

St Bartholomew-the-Great is approximately 5-10 minutes’ walk from St Paul’s tube on Central Line or 5 minutes’ walk from Barbican tube on Circle and Metropolitan/Hammersmith lines

Monday 30 October 7.30pm   St John’s Smith Square, London SW1

“All that have voice” with Tenebrae, Steinitz Bach Players leader Rodolfo Richter, director Nigel Short

This concert marks 500th anniversary of Luther’s Reformation

Max Reger  Motet “Der Mensch lebt und bestehet ” Op. 138 No.1   Joh. Seb. Bach  Motet “Jesu, meine Freude” BWV 227  Heinrich Schütz  Motet “Das ist je gewißlich wahr ” SWV 277  Joh. Seb. Bach  Motet ” Komm, Jesu, komm” BWV 229   Max Reger  Motet “Nachtlied” Op.138 No.3  Joh. Seb. Bach  Lutheran Mass in F BWV 233,  Joh. Seb. Bach Motet “Singet dem Herrn” BWV 225

Tickets: £30, £25, £20, £15 from The Box Office at St John’s, 020 7222 1061 or www.sjss.org.uk

St John’s Smith Square is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from Westminster tube on the Jubilee/Circle/District lines

Thursday 2 November at 7.30pm  Wax Chandlers Hall, 6 Gresham St, EC2

“Heaven is at Hand” – the German Lute from Luther to Bach

Elizabeth Kenny renaissance and baroque lutes

Martin Luther decided to learn the lute in 1503.  His and many other households regularly gathered to sing sacred melodies and psalms as a family group. But another way of reflecting on sacred texts was to be found under the fingertips.  Luther’s contemporaries Hans Gerle and Hans Neusidler turned chorale melodies into lute pieces with the same freedom and sense of ownership with which they set famous secular madrigals and chansons: singing the words in one’s head while playing alone.  This programme explores the works of the players Luther admired, as well as the composers – such as Josquin – from whom they borrowed.   It is also an exceptional treat to hear one of the great exponents on the Lute today perform rarely heard music in the intimate salon of Wax Chandlers Hall, the Livery Hall of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers (Candlemakers) in the City of London.

Tickets: £25 or £20, Student FestPass £5  available from LBS – online, by post, by phone or at the door from 6.30pm. Go to BACHFEST BOOKING page to find out how to book your tickets in advance.

Wax Chandlers Hall is 5 minutes’ walk from St Paul’s tube on Central Line.

Friday 3 November at 7.45pm  Gresham Centre, Gresham Street EC2

18-30 Bach Club concert

Following in the footsteps of Bach, the Club is inspired by the Friday evening concerts the composer devised and performed with his students at Zimmermann’s Coffee House in Leipzig’s fashionable Katharinenstrasse. The programme will be devised and presented by some of today’s rising stars, followed by social networking and friend-making time.

Free tickets for 18-30s, £10.00 all others.  Advance booking is advised or at the door from 7.15pm. Go to BACHFEST BOOKING page to find out how to book your tickets in advance.

Gresham Centre is just 5 minutes’ walk from St Paul’s tube on the Central Line

Wednesday 8 November at 7.30pm   Wax Chandlers Hall, 6, Gresham Street, EC2

“At home with Bach”  with Steinitz Bach Players Chamber Ensemble Elizabeth Walker and Christine Garrett flutes, Anthony Robson oboe & recorder, Alastair Ross harpsichord

One of Luther’s priorities was to stress the importance of music played in the home as well as in church. Following in the Reformer’s footsteps, Bach also made music at home with his family and students.  In this specially curated programme by Anthony Robson, members of Steinitz Bach Players pay homage to Luther and Bach as Masters and Servants, introduce and perform chamber and solo harpsichord works by Bach and by his close friend the prolific composer Georg Philipp Telemann. whose 250th anniversary falls this year. Once again we are in the intimate setting of the 18th century-style  Salon at Wax Chandlers Hall.

Tickets: £20,  Student FestPass £5, available online, by post, by phone or at the door from 6.45pm.  Go to BACHFEST BOOKING page to find out how to book your tickets in advance.

Wax Chandlers Hall is 5 minutes’ walk from St Paul’s tube on Central Line.

Friday 10 November at 7.00pm   Closing Bachfest Concert at Temple Church, Inner Temple Lane, Temple, EC4

“On Luther’s Birthday”  born on this day in 1483

Steinitz Bach Players directed by Jane Gordon violin

Programme and post concert reception/supper to be announced

Tickets: £25, £20, £15, Student FestPass £5  available from LBS online, by post, by phone or at the door from 6.30pm. Go to BACHFEST BOOKING page to find out how to book your tickets in advance.  Special Premium Tickets will be available for Concert/Supper.

Temple Church is 10 minutes’ walk from Temple and Blackfriars stations on the Circle and District lines. 

For background information visit our page dedicated to Martin Luther and read how Bach’s life and work fits in.

 

 

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