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Bach in the Central Desert

  • NGA - Gandel Hall Parkes Place East Parkes, ACT, 2600 Australia (map)

Concert 7 - Barbara Blackman Festival Blessing
Presented by Doma Hotels with support of the Goethe Institut

In 1896 Bach reached the central Australian desert by way of the Lutheran pastor Carl Strehlow. By adapting Bach’s hymns to the Arrernte language, Strehlow made the people of Hermannsburg the keepers of a new song. Hear the Ntaria Ladies Choir live in a concert that juxtaposes Bach’s universal legacy with Indigenous music making in Australia today. They are joined by William Barton, Veronique Serret, Chris Sainsbury and the Berlin-based saxophone quartet.


William Barton with Veronique Serret, new work
J.S. Bach, Italian Concerto BWV 971
Chris Sainsbury, new work (WP)
J.S. Bach / Kalevi Aho Contrapunctus XIX
William Barton, Veronique Serret and Ntaria Ladies choir, new work saxophone quartet Improvisation on B-A-C-H

The concert is followed by a public conversation with Chris Sainsbury, William Barton and members of the Ntaria Choir moderated by Roland Peelman.


Ntaria Ladies choir saxophone quartet
William Barton
Veronique Serret
Sally Walker
Callum Henshaw


This concert is generously supported by Andrew Blanckensee.

Earlier Event: May 5
Bach's Orbit
Later Event: May 5
The Three B's