Leipzig Bachfest 2022

Back in the early spring we were delighted to announce that London Bach Society is be a patron of the special 2020 Leipzig Bachfest – 11 -21 June “BACH – We are Family” . This special series was to have brought together Bach Societies, choirs and organisations to make music in Bach’s city, Leipzig. With the greatest possible regret we have to tell you that due to the on going Covid-19 crisis pandemic, this special series has had to be cancelled and is now scheduled to take place from 10-19 June 2022. London Bach Society retains the honour of being one of the Patrons and we are looking forward to that.

Details about the Leipzig Bachfest series in 2021 and 2022 can be found the Festival’s website as events are confirmed and tickets put on sale. www.bachfestleipzig.de Hope to see you there in 2022!

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Bach remembered on this day

This is Bach’s grave situated in the chancel of Leipzig’s Thomaskirche. Bach passed away on 28 July 1750. Today we remember him with much gratitude and affection. There are no words that adequately express our thanks for the music, music that brings light and joy into peoples’ lives, comfort in difficult times, and Bach says in his music what we ordinary mortals find difficult to express in words. It is a musical legacy for us to treasure.

The tweet we sent to mark the anniversary was viewed by 33,750 users. Supplementary tweets reached another 2,000. Incredible reaction. Thank you. To join our twitter followers sign up on www.twitter.com/bachlive

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Our Forward Planning

Like so many music organisations, we are responding to the present situation and shall not be promoting any ‘live’ concerts, recitals or other events for the foreseeable future. However, we hope to promote some Bach online to replace the autumn 2020 ‘live music’ Bachfest, and continue the output into 2021. Watch this space!

Bachfest 2021 is at the advanced planning stage (31 Oct-10 Nov, and probably into 2022). This extension of our Festival planning is to ensure LBS’s 75th Anniversary is celebrated markedly in what will be a new chapter in the country’s musical life.

We remain working in the office. This is being done while maintaining our public profile through our regular editions of e-Bach Notes emailed to those on our mailing list, adding pages and posts to develop our new website, tweets and facebook posts.

We thank all our Bach Friends, donors and supporters for maintaining their support during this challenging period. We thank them for the messages received and the encouragement that accompanies them. Our ability to fulfill our charitable purpose depends on the receipt of donations from our Bach Friends and grants from private and public authorities. So if you would like to support us, please get in touch and donate via Bach Friends link below.

If you would like to add your name and keep in touch, then email lbs@lonbachsoc.co.uk to give your consent. Better still, we invite you to join Bach Friends

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With best wishes

Margaret Steinitz, Artistic Director

Message updated 29 July 2020

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