BACH CLUB

The 18-30 Bach Club

Next Bach Club concert is on Friday 2 November 2018 at 7.45m, Gresham Centre, Gresham Street EC2, part of Bachfest 2018.

 Our Inspiration

“Little Paris” was how Leipzig in the economic boom of the early 18th century was known. Coffee houses sprang up forming new social arenas; new fashions and social conventions were forumulated, and, with the shift in perspective, a new and exciting platform for the arts was made, meaning NEW MUSIC.

New to the town, in his first secular position as Director of Music of Leipzig University Students’ Musical Society (1729-42) J S Bach was already at the forefront of artistic life. In Zimmermann’s coffee house on Leipzig’s fashionable Katharinenstrasse, he headed friday night meetings – exchanges of new ideas and music – which would eventually immortalise Leipzig’s musical aesthetic and push tonal harmony and form into areas the world had never seen before.

For Bach, the concerts provided a change from the formality of his services to the city as a church musician and his students created an opportunity for him to produce new works and adapt existing ones, performing them with Leipzig’s latest talent. At Zimmermann’s, music by Telemann and Handel was approached with energy, enthusiasm and an attitude of exploration. HIs famous ‘Coffee Cantata’ received its world première, and the concertos for one, two, three and four harpsichords were among other works played, with Bach, his sons and pupils probably as soloists.

What we are creating with the LBS Bach Club

The LBS Bach Club aims to create a similar platform for young artists and musicians today. Reflecting the Leipzig students’ Friday gatherings, we aim to create a contemporary forum for 18-30s to come and share ideas, make contacts and appreciate Bach’s music in an informal atmosphere.

FREE TICKETS are issued for each meeting, where a mix of special guests from the world of professional music and those at the beginning of their careers will appear on the Bill – a launch pad for some, as well as a showcase for the best in Bach. We commissioned a special work for chamber Ensemble from young prize-winning composer Robert Peate premièred in 2012, and are always looking for new and exciting performers; get in touch!

Some of our recent concerts 

February 2015  -   Bach Club at the Gresham Centre in the City of London and plays music by Bach at Leipzig.  BBC Radio 3 Breakfast gives the concert a promo…

November 2015 - Bach Club at Bachfest. Programme curated and organised by Satoko Doi-Luck and Mirjam-Luise Münzel and included a performance of Bach’s amusing ‘Coffee Cantata’.

November 2016 - Bach Club goes to China Exchange for a special at Bachfest

November 2017Bach Club Open Platform

 

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