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Celebrating Bach today – 21 March

Bach’s Birthday today We are celebrating Bach’s 332nd birthday today, born on 21 March 1685 at Eisenach in eastern Germany. At different times, Bach and Martin Luther attended the same school in the town. In the words of ABBA, quite simply “Thank you for the music”. Share this:

What is it about Bach’s Passions?

Bach at Passiontide Music organisations across the land and overseas, in towns, cities, in local churches and on international concert hall stages will be eagerly anticipating their performances of a surviving Passion composed nearly 300 years ago now.  The 17th and 18th century Lutheran congregation expected to hear a musical setting of Christ’s Passion and Crucifixion performed in the context of the Liturgy [...]

Concert Listings – Our policy

Concert Listings – Our policy We are receiving an ever-increasing volume of requests to provide free listings or engage in reciprocal marketing for one-off Bach concerts or designated series, festivals and on-going projects, so it will be helpful to Promoters to know about our policy. For our reciprocal marketing policy, please go to the Contact & Governance page. [...]

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 [...]

Friends of the Musicians Chapel honours LBS Founder Paul Steinitz

Paul Steinitz to be inscribed in the Book of Remembrance LBS founder-conductor Paul Steinitz is among this year’s distinguished musicians to be honoured in the Book of Remembrance that has been created and maintained by the Friends of the Musicians Chapel, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, in the City of London since 1957. The annual Service of Thanksgiving for those newly [...]

Latest from LBS

                   1517-2017 Bach Friends If you are not yet a Bach Friend of the London Bach Society, why not make it this year to join us and help make things happen?  Bach Friends support the annual Bachfest and our annual programme of work. You can become a Bach Friend from as little as £50. For more information and [...]

What’s On in 2017

                 1517-2017 Martin Luther, Theologian, Reformer, Musician “Revisiting Luther’s time and advocacies will help to put them into perspective, understand them better, even answer questions that have remained unanswered for centuries perhaps.  Whatever the conclusions, whatever he did and believed, however controversial  (…and he was!) Martin Luther was a towering figure….and his undoubted influence on Bach’s [...]

Bach Singers Prize 2017 – latest news

Bach Singers Prize Update  updated 5 January 2017 The LBS Bach Singers Prize is presented every two years, so the next one is due in the autumn 2017. The competition is open to postgraduate singers, either still studying or at the beginning of their careers, in the age range 21-32 years at the date of the Final [...]

Bach scholar Peter Williams (1937-2016)

Professor Peter Williams (1937-2016) The death has been announced of the British Bach scholar Professor Peter Williams aged 78.  One of the most respected writers on Bach over the past half-century, Peter Williams was a former Professor and Dean of Music at the University of Edinburgh and Emeritus Arts and Sciences Professor of Music at Duke University, North [...]