• 1952 First performance in UK of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (1736) in its complete and original German form
  • 1958-1987 The first complete cycle in Britain of Bach’s extant church and secular cantatas to be given in public using professional forces
  • 1962 First use of the clarino trumpet in modern times presented at City of London Festival. This was followed later in the 1960s by the first use of the cornett, sackbut and baroque flute, spearheading the period instrument revival of the  1970s
  • 1964  Tour to Halle and Leipzig – the first western cultural group to cross the Berlin Wall
  • 1968 Foundation of Steinitz Bach Players
  • 1983 London Bach Society Choir with Steinitz Bach Players performs Bach’s Mass in B minor at St. Thomas’ Church Leipzig as part of Martin Luther Year supported by the British Council
  • 1990 Annual Bach Festival founded
  • 1994 LBS hosts and promotes the first ever visit to the UK by the Leipzig Thomanerchor (St. Thomas Boys’ Choir)
  • 1996 LBS Golden Jubilee concert directed by Bach authority Gustav Leonhardt (1928-2012)
  • 1997-2001 The Society’s first education programme promoted within Bachfest in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music
  • 2005 The presentation of the UK live première performance of a newly discovered Bach Aria ‘Alles mit Gott…’ BWV 1127, the first genuine Bach discovery for 70 years.
  • 2006-2007 LBS Diamond Jubilee
  • 2009 The 18-30 Bach Club launched at Bachfest
  • 2012 Collaboration with the Royal College of Organists London Organ Forum
  • 2013  UK ‘live’ première of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion BWV 244b (early version), 4th Bach Singers Prize and Bach Club Commission from Robert Peate
  • 2015  25th Anniversary Bachfest
  • 2016  LBS 70th anniversary including a specially commissioned chorale prelude from the composer Diana Burrell as part of William Whitehead’s Orgelbüchlein Project
  • 2017  Participation in Reformation 500 (1517-2017)
  • 2018  Steinitz Bach Players Golden 50th
  • 2021  LBS 75th Anniversary

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