BACHFEST 2021 for LBS 75th

Updated 9 November 2021

Special Guests: Tenebrae, director Nigel Short


Bachfest 2021 – Autumn. For LBS 75th Anniversary. Click here to download flyer

Friday 5 November at 7.00pm Steinitz Bach Players celebrated #LBS75th2021. We went to a new and exciting venue that supports classical music & serves food and drink as well – London’s Fidelio Café 91-95 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5BX

For us, performing at the Fidelio Café was our 21st century version of the Coffee-Haus concerts Bach directed with his students musical society at Leipzig in 1730s. Click here to visit the Fidelio Café. Here is our one hour programme:

All Bach: Double Concerto; Brandenburg Concerto No 5 BWV 1050 and the Violin Concerto in G minor BWV 1056R.

Bookings are CLOSED

Tuesday 9 November, 7.30pm at St Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield EC1 (Barbican or St Paul’s tube)

We are delighted to welcome back Nigel Short and his much praised consort, Tenebrae, who will give the world première of a new motet by Sir James MacMillan (pictured above), commissioned by London Bach Society with a generous donation from LBS Council Chairman Richard Jones. The new motet will be performed in a special programme, to include some of Bach’s most challenging writing for the voice, in the inspirational setting of London’s oldest church St. Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield EC1.

Here is the programme: 3 superb Bach motets, 2 staples from the English repertoire…and the première of a brand new motet. In order….

Lobo – Versa est in luctum Click here to listen to Tenebrae sing Lobo’s most famous work (remember to skip the ads)

Bach Komm, Jesu, Komm BWV229, Jesu, meine Freude BWV 227,

Hubert Parry There is an old belief, William Harris – Bring us O Lord God

MacMillan I Saw Eternity the other night (LBS commission – first performance)

Bach Singet dem Herrn BWV 225

Booking Details: – BOOKING IS NOW CLOSED. NOTE: We shall keep a list of all bookings and declarations, which are made up to midday online on 9th November. The performance is scheduled to end by 9pm.

Please note that when you complete your booking you will be asked to agree to the following Coronavirus Declaration: In advance by email AND at the door to show at entry. Preferably, masks should be worn in the church, but own choice.

“I declare that I am not aware of having been infected with Covid-19 over the last 14 days nor of having come into contact with anybody infected over the last 14 days. By attending this event I acknowledge the contagious nature of Covid-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I may become exposed or infected, and that such exposure or infection may result in severe consequences to my health. I hereby accept not to hold London Bach Society, its trustees and staff, the performers and other people in attendance responsible for any illness, injury or damage to my health resulting from a Covid-19 infection, whether this happens before, during or after the event”. Click here to download and print out

Autumn Edition of our Journal “Bach Notes” is published. Click HERE to download your copy

Updated 9 November 2021

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To clarify

London Bach Society is performance driven and in common with all such organisations we have to devote a lot of our time to fund-raising for our concerts, recitals, educational work and other activities. To clarify, we are not a grant-making trust nor are we able to offer financial support in response to the requests received. Click here to access information about our policies.

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LBS Zoom BachChats


The date of the next BachChat date is coming soon

This will be the first BachChat gathering of the new concert season.

If you would like to participate, then email us at . The Zoom link for you to attend will be sent to you just ahead of the date.

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.

If you would like to add your name and keep in touch, then email to give your consent or accept our invitation to join Bach Friends

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With best wishes

Margaret Steinitz, Artistic Director Updated 5 October 2021

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Bach Notes Journal & e-Bach Notes

Our latest e-Bach Notes. Click here to access.

Here is the pre-pandemic edition of Bach Notes Click here to access.

We shall publish our online LBS 75th Anniversary Edition on or just after 7 October 2021. e-Bach Notes will be emailed to all on our mailing list during week beginning 11 October 2021.

Email: to receive your copy.

Click here to access past editions.

Updated 5 October 2021

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Historical Articles online

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”

Bachfest Online theme: Bach: Family and Friends

Updated 5 October 2021

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