2015 marks the 330th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach. Michael Stewart (Organist and Director of Music) and Richard Apperley (Assistant Director of Music) are marking this by playing his complete organ works in recitals throughout the year.
This recital series also forms part of the fundraising efforts for the cathedral organ fund.
Complete programme notes for each concert are also available online – click this link to read them.
About the project
Selecting which works to play is a contentious issue – research about Bach’s music continues, and many works previously thought to have been composed by him have now been attributed to other composers. There are also several works with earlier versions available. We have decided to use the volumes of complete works published by Bärenreiter as the basis for our selection, and have excluded a handful of the earlier versions of works.
We will be presenting 327 works, totalling approximately 21 and a half hours of music. This will be spread across 27 recitals throughout the year, each approximately 45 minutes long. A highlight will be the recital on the evening of Friday 26 June. This will be an opportunity to enjoy a midwinter feast, including mulled wine and fruit mince pies, along with a selection of works voted for by the audience. Further details about this will be available soon.
There is no entry charge to these recitals, but we do suggest a donation of $10. All proceeds from this series will go towards the fundraising effort for a major rebuild of the cathedral organ.
The Bach Project is proudly supported by the Lutheran Church of New Zealand.