BACH CLUB

The 18-30 Bach Club 

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MARK THE DATE: The Bach Club will celebrate its 10th birthday on 1 November 2019 with a special concert at 7.45pm in Voces8 Centre (formerly Gresham Centre) EC2 ( 5 mins from St Paul’s tube).

Art of Moog main group colour (photo Robert Piwko)

Annabel Knight Robin Bigwood  Martin Perkins  Steven Devine

The Art of Moog 

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.

Tickets are FREE for 18-30s, £10 (others). All are welcome

What we are creating with the LBS Bach Club.

The Bach Club’s concerts have been some of the best, most exciting, unexpected and successful events in Bachfest over the last 10 years. Thank you to everyone who has taken part, supported the concerts and joined in the fun.

Our Inspiration “Little Paris” was how Leipzig in the economic boom of the early 18th century was known. Coffee houses sprang up forming new social arenas; new fashions and social conventions were formulated, and, with the shift in perspective, a new and exciting platform for the arts was made, meaning NEW MUSIC. New to the town, in his first secular position as Director of Music of Leipzig University Students’ Musical Society (1729-42) J S Bach was already at the forefront of artistic life. In Zimmermann’s coffee house on Leipzig’s fashionable Katharinenstrasse, he headed Friday night meetings – exchanges of new ideas and music – which would eventually immortalise Leipzig’s musical aesthetic and push tonal harmony and form into areas the world had never seen before. For Bach, the concerts provided a change from the formality of his services to the city as a church musician and his students created an opportunity for him to produce new works and adapt existing ones, performing them with Leipzig’s latest talent. At Zimmermann’s, music by Telemann and Handel was approached with energy, enthusiasm and an attitude of exploration. HIs famous ‘Coffee Cantata’ received its world première, and the concertos for one, two, three and four harpsichords were among other works played, with Bach, his sons and pupils probably as soloists.

The LBS Bach Club aims to create a similar platform for young artists and Professional  musicians today. Reflecting the Leipzig students’ Friday gatherings, we aim to create a contemporary forum for 18-30s to come and share ideas, make contacts and appreciate Bach’s music in an informal atmosphere. FREE TICKETS are issued for each meeting, where a mix of special guests from the world of professional music and those at the beginning of their careers will appear on the Bill – a launch pad for some, as well as a showcase for the best in Bach. We commissioned a special work for chamber Ensemble from young prize-winning composer Robert Peate premièred in 2012, and are always looking for new and exciting performers; get in touch!

Some of our recent concerts 

November 2015 - Bach Club at BachfestProgramme curated and organised by Satoko Doi-Luck and Mirjam-Luise Münzel and included a performance of Bach’s amusing ‘Coffee Cantata’.

November 2016 - Bach Club goes to China Exchange for a special at Bachfest

November 2017 - Bach Club Open Platform

November 2018 - Bach Club at Bachfest. Laura Snowden and Magnard Ensemble, Yeomen in the Musicians Company  www.wcom.org.uk

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