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A World of Bach

  • Fitters' Workshop 11 Wentworth Avenue Kingston, ACT, 2604 Australia (map)

Concert 1

Bach then and now. A collision of cultures that make Bach relevant today.

The festival’s opening event celebrates the historic Cantor of Leipzig and his legacy down under. In the combined hands of Bach Akademie Australia and Korneel Bernolet, a rising star on the European early music scene, two of Bach’s most sparkling concertos set the tone for an unprecedented array of historically informed Bach performances in the festival. The festival’s trio of composers-in-residence, Jess Green, Bree van Reyk and Nick Wales, take Bach’s legacy into the 21st century with a new site-specific creation whilst William Barton and the Ntaria Ladies Choir of Hermannsburg explore Bach together with our European guests. Experience the crossroads of music making as they enter the ancient world of our first Australians.


Beaver Blaze - Bach Remix by Nick Wales/Bree Van Reyk/Jess Green (WP) 
J.S. Bach, Concerto for Oboe and violin BWV 1060   
J.S. Bach, Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052 


William Barton, improvisation 
J.S. Bach, Chorales (in Arrernte language)
J.S. Bach, Contrapunctus from The Art of Fugue BWV 1080 
J.S. Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565  


Bach Akademie Australia, directed by Madeleine Easton
Korneel Bernolet (BE), director and harpsichord
Ntaria Ladies Chorus (Hermannsburg, NT)
William Barton, didgeridoo
Veronique Serret, violin saxophone quartet (DE)
Trio SR9 (FR)


This concert is generously supported by Lyndall Hatch and Robin Gibson.

Earlier Event: May 2
English Baroque With Circa
Later Event: May 4
Winther's Bach I