Happy New Year!

We wish all our followers both here in the UK and around the world a very Happy New Year.  2018 promises to be yet another memorable one. We are currently preparing for our 28th Bachfest (c.31 Oct-10 Nov), with the programme announced in the summer.

Steinitz Bach Players at 50 Click on the link to find out more about our resident orchestra…there’s more to the SBP than meets the eye!


New Web Pages

Use the Navigation (right) to explore new or revised pages about

Leipzig Connection,  Peter Williams Memorial Recital, Books and Music

Work in progress…

The Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648) – a brief 400th anniversary survey of this debilitating war, the economic effects of which were felt for decades to come in 17th and 18th century Germany.

Bach was not born until 1685, nearly 40 years after the Thirty Years’ War ended, but the consequences for German culture and musical development at the time meant looking abroad for inspiration and expertise.

WW1 (1914-1918) - To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, our dedicated page is a brief survey of how a significant musical revival began, who was involved and where it led.

Bach’s music was still performed throughout WW1, both here in the UK (amidst considerable anti-German sentiment) and in his homeland. However after 1918, and as the people began the long bumpy road to recovery, a more considered revival of the composer’s music began here in earnest that advocated a move away from the performance practice of the 19th century and pre-WW1 years. This revival and its underlying ethos inspired the foundation of the London Bach Society in November 1946 in order to ‘get back to Bach in its original form’.


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