Thanks a million!

Dear Friends and Supporters
This was our 27th Bachfest, our contribution to the national commemorations to mark Reformation 500, supported with an Arts Council Award in the “Grants for the Arts” programme. Without Martin Luther’ s reforms, Bach’s music composed 200 years later would undoubtedly have been different. In planning the Festival events, my aim was to bring Luther’s priorities into the present day, working with the artists engaged and using some carefully selected examples from Bach’s repertoire to inspire. This also enabled us to mark the 300th anniversary this year of Bach’s appointment at Cöthen too. Luther was a fine singer, lutenist and flautist, gathering his family together nightly after supper to sing motets. Music was important in the home and in worship and he prospered congregational singing to enable the people to participate and to draw communities closer together…..recognise all this today?

It has been an exhilarating experience across the events, from the wonderful  Bach motet singing of Tenebrae to Elizabeth Kenny’s exquisite lute recital by candlelight in Wax Chandlers Hall and some specials by Steinitz Bach Players to herald their 50th anniversary next year. Jessica Dandy is a very worthy winner of the 6th Bach Singers Prize and the Bach Club lived up to its reputation to surprise and delight – 43 18-30s attended. There is still time to hear Elizabeth previewing her recital on BBC Radio 3′s In Tune broadcast on 30 October. Go to  It’s available until 28 November.

I have many people to thank - singers, players, Bach Friends, supporters, volunteers, vergers and administrators across the spectrum. Thank you all, and especially to the artists who have worked with me over the last year to bring this festival to you..

Tenebrae & Nigel Short, Prize Jury Members Ian Partridge, Jessica Duchen, Stephen Roberts and Anthony Robson,  the 43 singers who entered the competition and their accompanists, lutenist Elizabeth Kenny, Bach Club debut performers The London Fields Players, The Anemoi Ensemble, Madeline de Berrié, Hannah Blumsohn and Marta Lopez

Chamber Recital “At Home with Bach” Elizabeth Walker, Christine Garrett, Anthony Robson, Andrew Skidmore and Alastair Ross
With Tenebrae: Leader Rodolfo Richter, Dominika Feher, Catherine Weiss, Nia Lewis, Jan Schlapp, Andrew Skidmore, Elizabeth Bradley, Bernard Robertson, Anthony Robson, Hilary Stock, Nathaniel Harrison, Ursula Paludan Monberg, Nicholas Benz
Bach Prize Final: Leader Rodolfo Richter, Emilia Benjamin, Stephen Rouse, Catherine Weiss, Christian Halstead, Jan Schlapp, Andrew Skidmore, Elizabeth Bradley, Bernard Robertson, Rachel Beckett, Geoff Coates, Bethan White.
At Temple Church: Violinist & Director Jane Gordon, Magdalena Cieslak, Dominika Feher, Fiona Duncan, Annette Isserlis, Andrew Skidmore, Andrew Durban, Alastair Ross, Anthony Robson (Recorder soloist), Rachel Beckett (Recorder soloist), with soprano soloist Rowan Pierce.
Orchestra & Concerts Manager Philippa Brownsword,  Keyboard technician Malcolm Greenhalgh, Volunteer Festmakers Nathan Lee and Ingrid Plumb.

Until we meet again next year…with best wishes
Margaret Steinitz,
Artistic Director London Bach Society

Bach Singers’ Prize 2017: Read Jury Member Jessica Duchen’s Blog. Click on the link. 

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