Latest from LBS



A new Biography of Martin Luther

For details of this new biography by Oxford Regius Professor of Modern History, Lyndal Roper, go to Bachfest 2017 Section and visit the Martin Luther page.

A New Page

Bach’s Choir today, Thomanerchor Leipzig. Using the navigation, scroll down to their own page in our Bachfest 2017 section and click on the link to view their latest brochure.

LBS Exhibit

Final weeks: Visit the LBS Exhibit at the Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 - on display until 28 February 2017. The Exhibit is on display in the Tertis Display case, Lower Ground Floor opposite the Refectory.

LBS e-Bach Notes

The first of our 2017 Bi-monthly editions has been emailed to all on our free mailing list. If you would like your name to be added to this list to keep in touch then all you have to do is send us an email request with “E-Bach Notes list” in the subject bar to . Cut and paste the email address into your own email.

In the meantime, keep in touch with us via our Website, Facebook and Twitter

LBS Bach Notes Journal (printed version)

The next printed edition of our Journal will be published on 1 September 2017 in a new extended version, full colour, with a special focus on the LBS 27th Bachfest complemented by some articles and features from the wider world of Bach.  Copies are distributed free by post, email and at various pick-up points in central London (Libraries, Churches, Conservatoires among them).  If you would like to receive a copy then just send us an email request Cut and paste our email address into your own email

Click on the link to download your copy of the latest Bach Notes  2016 BACH NOTES Autumn Edition 

Bach Friends

If you are not yet a Bach Friend of the London Bach Society, why not make it this year to join us and help make things happen?  Bach Friends support the annual Bachfest and our annual programme of work. You can become a Bach Friend from as little as £50. For more information and to join go to our Bach Friends’ page. Gift Aid may be applied to all donations if you are a UK Tax Payer. and all donations are acknowledged.

Special Note:  We are receiving an ever-increasing volume of requests to engage in reciprocal marketing, especially for one-off Bach concerts or designated series, festivals and on-going projects, so it will be helpful to Promoters to know about our policy. For our reciprocal marketing policy, please go to the Contact & Governance page.


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What’s On in 2017



Martin Luther, Theologian, Reformer, Musician

“Revisiting Luther’s time and advocacies will help to put them into perspective, understand them better, even answer questions that have remained unanswered for centuries perhaps.  Whatever the conclusions, whatever he did and believed, however controversial  (…and he was!) Martin Luther was a towering figure….and his undoubted influence on Bach’s life and music is reflected in the composer’s repertory.”  MS   For the full article click on the link below.    

Our next e-Bach Notes:

The next edition of our bi-monthly e-Bach Notes will be emailed in mid February. If you would like y our name to be added to our e-List, then email us: Cut and paste the address into your own email.

New Article and Mark the dates

Our next Bachfest will be in the period 29 October-12 November 2017 and includes the biennial Bach Singers prize competition.

Our upgraded Journal will be published in September 2017 and circulated free.

Website pages regularly updated.  

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Bach Singers Prize 2017 – latest news

Bach Singers Prize Update  updated 5 January 2017

The LBS Bach Singers Prize is presented every two years, so the next one is due in the autumn 2017. The competition is open to postgraduate singers, either still studying or at the beginning of their careers, in the age range 21-32 years at the date of the Final (November 2017).   If you wish to receive advance information please email us by clicking on the icon below or emails us a(Cut and paste the address into your own email) and we shall add your details to our email list

Our 2015 Finalists’ reaction to The Competition ” …we were all saying how brilliant it is for those of us who love singing Bach to have a platform to perform music we love in such a wonderful setting with a brilliant orchestra.”

NEW: 2013 Bach Singers Prize Winner Nick Pritchard has been voted Breakthrough Artist in the 2017 Opera Poll

Make your pledge

We are delighted that donors are coming forward to make their Prize pledges for the next competition. Would you like to be one of our Prize Donors?  The total Prize fund to be raised is £4,000. Help us to make a difference to a young singer’s career by supporting the Prizes to be won.  Click on the link to download how to make your pledge. BACHFEST 2017 SINGERS PRIZE PLEDGES

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Bach scholar Peter Williams (1937-2016)

Professor Peter Williams (1937-2016)

The death has been announced of the British Bach scholar Professor Peter Williams aged 78.  One of the most respected writers on Bach over the past half-century, Peter Williams was a former Professor and Dean of Music at the University of Edinburgh and Emeritus Arts and Sciences Professor of Music at Duke University, North Carolina. There will be many an organist today brought up on Williams’ three volumes “The Organ Music of J S Bach”  published between 1981-1984 where, among other thought-provoking statements, he dared to suggest that the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 was not by Bach.  He was also a close friend of one of the world’s most respected and gifted interpreters of Bach’s organ works,  Dr. Peter Hurford, regularly attending the St. Albans Organ Festival  & Competition founded by Hurford in 1963. 

Always fascinated by every aspect and joining our frustrations that so little in the way of letters and documents have survived that give us greater knowledge of Bach’s life and work, Williams became author-turned-detective, using segments of the Bach Obituary to delve deeper and in the process to offer further insight that moved away from the deferential and towards the more human. It was this that inspired Williams’ biography of the composer “The Life of Bach” published in 2004 expanded to “J S Bach: A Life in Music” published in 2007, these two volumes a culmination perhaps of his own life’s work from which many across the globe have benefitted. While Bach scholarship is continually being advanced, Williams’ books will remain a significant reference point for all students of the composer and form part of the legacy of expertise and knowledge handed on to new generations.

Peter Williams’ books are published by Cambridge University Press  Visit our Books page for information on a new Bach book by Professor Williams published after his death.   Margaret Steinitz



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