FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2023 at 7.00pm


Rediscovering Bach

Friday 3 November 2023 at 7.00pm in the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew- the- Great. West Smithfield, London EC1 (nearest tubes Barbican or St. Paul’s)

Steinitz Bach Players director Rodolfo Richter, solo violin. Violins Anna Curzon, Dominika Feher, Viola Lisa Cochrane, ‘cello Catherine Rimer, bass Zaynab Martin, Oboe & Oboe d’amore Geoff Coates, Oboe Bethan White Trumpet Paul Sharp Harpsichord & Organ Chris Bucknall

Aine Smith soprano, Tom Lilburn counter tenor, Jack Granby tenor, Joseph Edwards bass. Associate Artists and Alumni of Tenebrae’s celebrated young artists’ programme

This is the LBS’s first public Bach concert for three years, having paused while Covid-19 took over our lives. Our films are still available via Vimeo. Click here

Now we are back and in the glorious setting of St. Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield too where so many LBS Bach projects were begun. It is the church’s 900th anniversary this year (1123-2023) and London’s oldest church. Come and immerse yourself in the music we think we know well….but there is more.

Bach’s appointment as Leipzig Cantor in 1723 marked the beginning of a remarkable musical outpouring – his yearly cycles of church cantatas (1723-1728). The cycles began on the 1st Sunday after Trinity and ended on Trinity Sunday itself. We mark the 300th anniversary of this appointment with a programme that includes the first cantata in Cycle I that flowed from his pen – BWV 75 “Die Elenden sollen essen” (The poor shall eat) performed on 30 May 1723 at Leipzig. Click here to listen to this lovely creation. What must the Leipzigers have thought of it.

The programme includes

Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 21

Cantata “Die Elenden sollen essen” BWV 75 (part 1)

Concerto for violin and oboe BWV 1060

Cantata “Die Elenden sollen essen” BWV 75 (part 2)

Click here to listen to Cantata BWV 75.

This concert has now taken place.

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