Leipzig Connection

Leipzig's famous Thomaskirche, where Bach's remains are buried in the Chancel.

Leipzig Connection

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 nolvadex online usa 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.

Leipzig Bachfest Artistic Director

Dr Michael Maul is the Director of Leipzig Bachfest, appointed in 2018.  A distinguished researcher and academic, Michael is a native of Leipzig, discovered the Bach Aria “Alles mit Gott…” BWV 1127 in 2005, a writer on Bach and holds various academic Professorships. He has also been one of the Research Team at the Leipzig Bach-Archiv, the world’s pre-eminent Bach Research Centre.

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