BACHFEST 2019-20 “Ways to Bach” Programme

Bachfest 2019-2020  “Ways to Bach”

Bachfest is in two parts this year. Part 1 in the Autumn; Part 2 in Spring 2020

1 – 7 November 2019   

Part 1 

Friday 1 November 2019 at 7.45 pm ends c.9.15 pm 

Voces8 Centre, Gresham Street London EC2 (formerly Gresham Centre) St.Paul’s tube

Bach Club’s 10th Birthday Concert

Special Guests

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

Tickets: FREE 18-30s; £10 All Others; In advance from 01883 717372 Cards accepted/Transaction fee £1.50 or at the door from 7.15 pm.   Access for the Disabled.


Monday 4 November 2019 (2 events)

at 6.00 pm ends 6.45 pm 

St George’s Church, Hanover Square W1S 1FX  

Oxford Circus tube

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,   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)

Tickets: £10 In advance from 01883 717372 Cards accepted/Transaction fee £1.50 or at the door from 5.30 pm.  Access for the Disabled.

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

Followed at 7.15 pm

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 Bach chorale performed by musicians and audience

Tickets: £20.00 unreserved seats  In advance from 01883 717372 Cards accepted/Transaction fee £1.50 or  Online   or at the door from 5.30 pm. Full-time students £5 with ID at the door only

BGA Members Tickets are available from  


Tuesday 5 November 2019 at 7.00 pm ends 9.00 pm  

St George’s Church Hanover Square W1S 1FX  Oxford Circus tube

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

Tickets: £20.00 Unres; £15.00 Unres

Available in advance – Call 01883 717372 Cards accepted/Transaction fee £1.50 or online 

Or at the door from 5.30 pm.   Full-time students £5 with ID at the door only


Thursday 7 November 2019 at 4.00 pm ends c.5.00 pm  

St George’s Church Hanover Square W1S 1FX Oxford Circus tube

Bach is cool!

A Festival Family Concert with Steinitz Bach Players

Rodolfo Richter director & solo violin

This public concert is the culmination of a special project “Bach, the Organist”, where pupils from St George’s Church of England Primary School explore the church’s organ and learn a Bach chorale for performance at this concert. The programme will also include music by Bach, and by Handel who was a parishioner at the church. All are very welcome to attend.

Tickets: £15.00; Under 16s FREE.   Note: St George’s Church of England School tickets £10.00, Under 16s FREE – Call 01883 717372 to book these tickets.

All Others: tickets available in advance – Call 01883 717372 Cards accepted/Transaction fee £1.50 or online   Or at the door from  3.30 pm.

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