Bach was the city’s Thomaskantor from 1723-1750 and his remains are buried in the chancel of St. Thomas’ Church (Thomaskirche pictured above). Forging links with the Bach heritage at the city has been part and parcel of the London Bach Society’s own work. The Society’s choir (1947-1989) directed by LBS founder, the Bach scholar and conductor Paul Steinitz (1909-1988), performed Bach motets and Purcell Anthems in St Thomas’ with a section of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra as early as 1964 and was the first Western cultural group to ‘cross the Wall’. In 1983, Martin Luther Year, the London Bach Society choir, Steinitz Bach Players, four British soloists, directed by Dr Steinitz performed Bach’s Mass in B minor in the composer’s church as part of a British Council supported tour to the GDR. In 1994 LBS hosted and promoted the first ever visit to the UK by Leipzig’s Thomanerchor, which Bach directed for the duration of his tenure and for which he composed the lion’s share of his church music.
Stop Press – Thursday 17 May 2018
Dr Michael Maul is appointed the new Director of Leipzig Bachfest. A distinguished researcher and academic, Michael is a native of Leipzig, discovered the Bach Aria “Alles mit Gott…” BWV 1127 in 2005, is Professor at Gottingen University, and one of the Research Team at the Leipzig Bach-Archiv, the world’s pre-eminent Bach Research Centre.
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