BACH FRIENDS – Artistic Director Margaret Steinitz writes

Dear Friends and Supporters

Through the decades London Bach Society has shown it is continually in tune with the times  and that is how we presented ourselves in our  70th anniversary – a Bach Society for today…and tomorrow. Our 75th anniversary is in 2021 and we are already planning towards that incredible landmark.

We do thank all our supporters who have not only shared our journey to Bach but also helped to make this financially possible down the years.

Today we have show that we are: -

  • (still) curious about how Bach’s music was originally sung and played and dedicated to promoting the latest in modern Bach scholarship,
  • dedicated to bringing the Bach magic into the lives of new listeners
  • creating new opportunities
  • providing a platform for emerging artists
  • promoting excellence

…and all for the enjoyment of our audiences.

Bach’s  music touches all our lives at some point and we turn to it because he says in his music what we ordinary mortals find difficult to say in words – from the passions, cantatas and oratorios to the intimate chamber and keyboard works.  The world of Bach is a global community of performers and listeners too and we are not only a part of that community but a leader, helping to open the door to the composer’s life and music for newcomers while exploring new avenues as the fruits of new research come to light. To achieve this, we have to raise considerable sums of money each year to bring our audiences the best, create the opportunities, fire the imagination, enhance our audience reach and above all serve the community.

Making a difference

Since launching the Bach Friends scheme in 2013 we have felt the huge difference your donations have made to our well being. So thank you to everyone who is an LBS Bach Friend. How do Bach Friends make a difference ?

  • You help us plan further ahead and give us that crucial bedrock of support.
  • You help us sustain our orchestra Steinitz Bach Players, whose 50th anniversary is in 2018
  • You  help us ensure we can feature high quality artists
  • You help us to introduce exciting newcomers
  • You help us to create new platforms and encourage new audiences

Please join us and become a Bach Friend to help us make things happen. You can do so for as little as £50, rising to £1,000 from our Bach Friends section. May I ask you to take a moment to think about this ….and then come and join us? The more finds we raise, the more we can do.   I look forward to welcoming you.

Margaret Steinitz (Artistic Director)

The Universal Spirit of Bach

“The universal spirit of Bach which manifests itself in the B-Minor Mass produces the paradox that one of the most Christian works in all of sacred music transcends and dissolves its confessional limits, serving instead the whole of humanity – non-Christians included.   It may seem odd at first glance that as a Buddhist I have theologically come to terms with one of the most Christian works of European music history, Bach’s B-Minor Mass. The conciliatory spirit which manifests itself in this work nevertheless encouraged me to do so.”

Yoshitake Kobayashi, distinguished and influential Japanese Bach scholar (d. Jan 2013)

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