The 18-30 Bach Club 


MARK THE DATE: The Bach Club will celebrate its 10th birthday on 1 November 2019 with a special concert at 7.45pm in Gresham Centre.

Watch this space!

Bach Club 2018: Classical Guitarist Laura Snowden and the wind quintet The Magnard Ensemblewowed the full audience with their engaging programmes and lively narration.

 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 

November 2018 – Bach Club at Bachfest. Laura Snowden and Magnard Ensemble, Yeomen in the Musicians Company

November 2015 - Bach Club at BachfestProgramme 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 2017 - Bach Club Open Platform

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