BACHFEST Programme “Ways to Bach” Part 1

Bachfest 2019-2020  “Ways to Bach”

Bachfest is in two parts this year. Part 1 in the Autumn; Part 2 in Spring 2020. The autumn segment has now taken place. Here are the events presented.

Part 1 

Friday 1 November 2019 

Voces8 Centre, Gresham Street London EC2 (formerly Gresham Centre)

Bach Club’s 10th Birthday Concert

Art of Moog

Robin Bigwood   Annabel Knight    Steven Devine   Martin Perkins

In the ‘day job’ Art of Moog’s musicians can be found playing with the very best period instrument and modern orchestras. But tonight they swap harpsichord, organ, recorder and flute for cutting-edge synthesizers, samplers and vocoders, to cast new light on works by the great J S Bach in unlocked electronic arrangements.   In the footsteps of Bach and his Friday night concerts with his Leipzig students, we celebrate our Bach Club’s 10th Birthday with our friends The Art of Moog to enjoy together a new, beautiful, musical experience – They play Bach on Synthesisers


Monday 4 November 2019 (2 events)

St George’s Church, Hanover Square W1S 1FX  

For Victoria and Albert’s 200th

Festival Bach Organ Recital on Mendelssohn’s Anniversary 3 February 1809-4 November 1847

Ben Bloor 

Organist, The London Oratory,  School Organist, Westminster School

Joh. Seb. Bach  Pedal Exercitium  BWV 598 (probably by CPE Bach),   Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542,   Chorale Prelude “Vater unser im Himmelreich” BWV 682,

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy   Sonata No. 6   i) Chorale and Variations ‘Vater unser im Himmelreich‘   ii) Fuga   iii) Finale,  Joh. Seb. Bach  Chorale Prelude ”O Mensch bewein dein Sünde gross” BWV 622

Charles Widor – Mattheus-Final (Bach’s Memento)

This recital is part of the Festival’s on going Emerging Artists programme “Making Waves”. 

Prince Albert, Prince Consort:  The Bach Connection   A celebration of Victoria and Albert’s shared love of music and the Prince’s role in the 19th century  often controversial British Bach revival given in collaboration with the British-German Association

Peter Smaill Narrator  Margaret Steinitz Narrator   Barry Sterndale Bennett  Narrator

Rautio Piano Trio 

(Jane Gordon violin, Victoria Simonsen, cello, Jan Rautio piano)   The Trio introduce themselves and their work here

Joh. Seb Bach  Passacaglia & Fugue BWV 582 arr. J. Rautio    William Sterndale Bennett  Chamber Trio in A Op.26     Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy   Trio in C min Op. 66

A setting of the Passion Chorale from Matthäus-Passion was performed by musicians and audience


Tuesday 5 November 2019   

St George’s Church Hanover Square W1S 1FX  

Rodolfo Richter violin   Carole Cerasi harpsichord

This programme could easily have been performed in the intimate surroundings of Bach’s family home, but his chamber music also featured in the public concerts on Winter Friday nights at Zimmermann’s Coffee House in Leipzig’s fashionable Katharinenstrasse, the virtuoso violinist Johann Georg Pisendel a welcome guest artist visiting from Dresden. The sheer beauty and colour, grace and eloquence of the works to be perfomed inspire and uplift, running the gamut of human emotion for musicians and audiences alike.

Joh. Seb. Bach (1685-1750)   Sonata IV in C minor for violin and harpsichord BWV 1017,  Toccata in D major for harpsichord solo, BWV 912a, Sonata I in B minor for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1014

Joh. Georg Pisendel (1688-1755)   Sonata in A minor for violin solo, JunP IV.2    Joh. Seb. Bach   Sonata VI in G major for violin and harpsichord, BWV 1019


Thursday 7 November 2019 

St George’s Church Hanover Square W1S 1FX 

Bach is cool!

A Festival Family Concert with Steinitz Bach Players

Rachel Beckett recorder & flute, Anthony Robson recorder & oboe

Rodolfo Richter director & solo violin

This public concert is the culmination of a special project “Bach, the Organist”, where pupils from St George’s Primary School explore the church’s organ and learn a Bach chorale for performance at this concert.  All are very welcome to attend.  The programme is: -

Joh. Seb. Bach   Movements from Suite in A minor for violin and strings, BWV 1067a,    Movements from Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G BWV 1049,  Movements from Suite in B minor for flute and strings, BWV 1067,  Chorale “Jesu, joy of Man’s desiring” from Cantata BWV 147,   A short piece for organ solo                                                                                              

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)   Concerto for flute in D major, TWV 51;D2  George Frederic Handel (1685-1759)   Sonata a 5 in B flat major, HWV 288                                                         

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