Orgelbüchlein Project update
From William Whitehead and his Orgelbüchlein Project
To celebrate the LBS 70th Anniversary last November, William Whitehead gave the world première of a specially commissioned chorale prelude from leading British composer Diana Burrell. The commission was generously donated by LBS Council Chairman Richard Jones and was the LBS contribution to William’s imaginative project to complete Bach’s original plan. He writes….
“The Orgelbüchlein Project, to which LBS contributed magnificently with their commission from Diana Burrell, continues to flourish. The endpoints are in sight, with a major London festival (!!) featuring the Project on August 20th this year and the final three commissions to be heard at the Festival Hall in April 2018. Louis Andriessen’s contribution was recently heard at St John’s Cambridge, and Sir Harrison Birtwistle continues to ponder whether it is something he can contribute to. With such grandees now turning their attention to the Project, the publication in Six Volumes be Peters Edition will represent an ever-increasingly important collection. The first volume is due out in May 2017, and the other five will follow over the next 18 months. Diana Burrell’s will fall in Volume 3, slated for January 2018.”