Inspiring Bach

Inspiring Bach combines a revolutionary approach to Historically Informed Performance with a major new relationship. In October 2021 we collaborated for the first time with vocal ensemble The Marian Consort; ‘Enchantingly smooth ensemble ... spot on' ★★★★★ The Scotsman, to explore a dazzling selection of cantatas by Pachelbel, Buxtehude and JC Bach.

Building on our pioneering Guts and Glory project, we used real natural trumpets and equal tension strings to create a series of filmed, live performances, workshops, public discussions and a UK tour. The project received performances at Stour Music, Lammermuir Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival, Wiltshire Music Centre and York Early Music Christmas Festival.

Our programme:

J Pachelbel – Gott sei uns gnädig
JC Bach – Ach daß ich Wassers genug hätte
J Pachelbel – Christ Lag in Todesbanden
S Knüpfer – Die Turteltaube lässt sich hören
JS Bach – Christ Lag in Todesbanden BWV4
D Buxtehude – Sonata a2
JC Bach – Es erhub sich ein Streit

These wonderful, moving and uplifting works were composed after the trauma of the Thirty Years war and have a remarkable resonance today. This is music from the very soul of the 17th Century, crowned with soaring melodies and the glorious sound of trumpets and drums.

You can watch our first performance here, filmed live at St Giles' Cripplegate in the Barbican Centre, London.

We are delighted to have been awarded funding from the Continuo Foundation in their first round of grants in March of 2021. The project is also generously supported by Angel Early Music, The Leche Trust, The Music Reprieval Trust, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation, the Cockayne Foundation/The London Community Foundation and Arts Council England.

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