ARCHIVE: LBS 70th ANNIVERSARY 1946-2016
London Bach Society at 70, working in today’s world
On 7th November 1946 a group of friends and former students gathered in the vestry of St. Peter’s Church Dulwich Common at the invitation of Dr Paul Steinitz to found the (South) London Bach Society. Its central aim to perform ‘Bach in its original form’.
The LBS’s seminal role to reawaken interest in the whole corpus of Bach’s music since 1946 in this country, ultimately to be played using resources with which the composer would have been familiar, will be an underlying theme for the 70th Anniversary celebrations….but presenting the LBS working today, building on its musical legacy for the enjoyment and benefit of generations to come.
This year we are also inspired by the crucial roles played by Samuel Wesley (1766-1837) and William Sterndale Bennett (1816-1875) to introduce Bach’s music to British musicians and audiences in the 19th century. Both have anniversaries in 2016. Visit our pages on Wesley and Sterndale Bennett to find out more about them and also the page about our founder, Bach scholar, 20th century pioneer and conductor Paul Steinitz.
The LBS 70th was celebrated at the annual Bachfest, November 2016. Go to the BACHFEST 2016 page for the programme.
Margaret Steinitz, Artistic Director