London Bach Society's Bachfest

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Location of Festival London, England UK
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London Bach Society’s Bachfest
London Bach Society
73 High Street
Old Oxted
Surrey RH8 9LN England UK
Phone: (44) 1883-717372
Fax: (44) 1883-715851

Festival Description

The London Bach Society is the UK’s premier Bach society, bringing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach ‘live’ to both the devoted follower and curious newcomer for more than 60 years. Participation in the LBS Bachfest is by Invitation Only, with the focus on performances using small choirs and period instruments


Festival Dates October 31 - November 10, 2013
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Programming 2013:
  • Thursday, October 31 at 7:00pm — Opening Event St George’s Church Hanover Square London W1 Oxford Circus tube
    • John Scott plays Bach’s Clavierübung III BWV 669-689 (including Prelude and Fugue in E flat BWV 552)
  • Saturday, November 2 from 11:00am-3:30pm & 7:30pm-9:30pm
    Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1
    • A BACH DAY
      Part of the LBS Education Programme in Bachfest “Ways to Bach” JSB Restored: A study of the St. Matthew Passion’s arrival on our shores, its 19th century reception in England, and its place in our lives today set in the wider context of Bach in the 20th and 21st centuries. We are delighted to welcome two distinguished authorities on the subject to lecture and lead the day:
    • 11.00am-12.30pm — Dr. Katharine Pardee (Wadham College Oxford) – 19th Century Reception in England
    • 2.00pm – 3:30pm — Dr. Bettina Varwig (King’s London) – Bach in the 20th & 21st Centuries
      Each will share the fruits of their fascinating researches and enable us to gain significant insight into the evolution of our own Bachian musical history here in UK.
  • 18-30 Bach Club 7:30pm Bach Club premières a New Work Top of the bill is the world première of a brand new work specially commissioned by LBS for the Bach Club from prize-winning young composer Robert Peate. This piece is inspired by Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and entitled “Wie wunderbarlich…” performed by Meili Li countertenor, and Steinitz Bach Players Chamber Ensemble
    • Robert will be ‘In Conversation’ with Entrepreneur & LBS President Sir David Tang. Sir David will also invite the Club audience to put their own questions to find out about a composer’s work and what it is all about today. Also on the Bill will be an appearance by some new performers — to be announced.
  • Monday, November 4 — LBS 4th BACH SINGERS PRIZE COMPETITION – Semi Final & Final
    From 11:00am – 3:30pm with lunch break__
    St George’s Church Hanover Square London W1 Oxford Circus tube
    Master Class “What makes singing Bach different?” with the distinguished Bach specialist Peter Harvey followed by
    • The Semi Final at 7.00pm The semi-finalists will each perform a Recitative and an Aria from a Bach Passion. Special Offer: Master Class & Semi Final Ticket - £15.00 in advance only otherwise £10
      per event (For booking details see below)
  • Friday, November 8 at 7:00pm The Bach Prize Final
    The Finalists will each perform their Bach Programme with Steinitz Bach Players directed by Anthony Robson and compete for the Bach Friends Prize: £2,000.
    • The Jury: Margaret Cable Peter Harvey Ian Partridge & Anthony Robson
    • Tickets: £15.00 (Nave Unreserved) & £12.00 (Rear Nave/Sides Unreserved)
    • To Book: Call 01883 717372 Credit/Debit Cards accepted in advance only (Booking fee £1.00 per transaction and the tickets will be sent by post or held for collection) or at the door from 6.30pm Student Standbys on the day. Access for the Disabled


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  • Booking
    • Phone +4401883 717372 or at the door
    • FREE TICKETS to students available at the door (must show student ID card)


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