The theme for the online performances we are presenting this spring is “Bach: Family and Friends”. An introductory article can be accessed here.
We should like to wish all our donors and supporters, our Leipzig friends and the global Bach community a very Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.
Simon Preston plays Bach’s Orgelbuechlein BWV 599-644. Simon was a former student of the London Bach Society’s founder Paul Steinitz, prior to going up to King’s College Cambridge and becoming an organ recitalist and Director of Music of international distinction.
Image: Christmas Market at Leipzig, with the famous Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) behind)
New Historical Articles have been uploaded on to the Bachfest, Events etc page.
To access click here. Articles include
Throwback Bachfest 2018 The Thirty Years War : Europe’s Coronavirus? 1618-1648
Throwback Bachfest 2019 Historical Papers marking “Victoria & Albert’s 200th”
2020 Bachfest Online theme: Bach: Family and Friends
Government Culture Recovery Fund
We are delighted to announce that London Bach Society has been awarded a grant of £50,000 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. What a fantastic outcome! This award will not only enable us to continue through the pandemic, but to develop our Online Performances Programme that will provide some work for our musicians now, in between festivals and to broadcast from future Bachfests, ensuring that no one is excluded from access to the LBS, what it does and how it can benefit.
” I am elated that LBS has been given this award. It is not a lifeline, but an opportunity to continue our development in this often troubled 21st Century. In the coming months, we will be working hard behind the scenes initially setting up some online performances and using this medium until the virus abates and we can perform before a ‘live’ audience safely. My everlasting thanks to all who have supported and sustained us. We have much to anticipate and a 75th anniversary to enjoy next year….and we shall, one way or another.”
Margaret Steinitz Artistic Director
Click here to read the Press Release issued on 27 October 2020
#HereForCulture #CultureRecoveryFund #LBS75th2021
27 October 2020
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!
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 Bach Friends and through 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.
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With best wishes
Margaret Steinitz, Artistic Director Updated 10 December 2020
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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