Remember Bach Festival III – Austral Harmony, a Celebration

Bach and Baroque

Bach and BaroqueHosted by the acclaimed ensemble Austral Harmony, Remember Bach Fest III, a celebration of the music by German composer Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 – 1750) is ongoing. It has many aspiring aims, including preserving the great man’s extraordinary legacy of music within Australian society.  “Generally,” said the ensemble’s artistic director Jane Downer, “… the event is a moveable, adaptable, expandable Festival, travelling around all regions of Australia, including Tutoring, Workshops, Masterclasses, Ensemble Sessions and Concerts.

Austral Harmony Austral Harmony has a desire to involve and enrich regional communities and to present musical events in collaboration with local music centres, societies and conservatoires. This happens in Brisbane, Canberra, Armidale NSW, at Melbourne and the Adelaide Hills, as well as rural Victoria and coastal NSW.

Using historical instruments, especially for their Remember Bach Festival III in 2018, not only helps keep alive the traditions of the past, but also offers those attending their performance on Saturday 10th November 2018 at Canberra Girls’ Grammar School Chapel, as close a performance to the original as possible.

Margaret Caley copyThe ensemble consists of Margaret Caley on baroque violin.

Margaret studied at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and has performed with the Nederlands Bach Vereniging, Les Talens Lyriques, The Netherlands Opera, European Union Baroque Orchestra, and Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

Jane DownerJane Downer plays baroque oboe.

She has performed with the Oxford Bach Soloists, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, Oslo Barokkorkester, Academy of Ancient Music, English Baroque Soloists and the Orchestra of the Antipodes.

Phillip Gearing plays both organ and harpsichord. A gifted chamber musician, accompanist and choral director, he has also performed throughout Australia and in Britain, France, Germany and Scandinavia.

Phillip Gearing 2Director of Music at St Mary’s Kangaroo Point, Organist at St John’s College University of Queensland, Phillip is a keyboardist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and a director of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia.

Like his colleagues, Phillip Gearing enjoys celebrating the artistry of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Court Composer at Weimar for two ruling Grand Dukes 1708 – 1717 and then, at Cöthen for a youthful Prince Leopold, Bach wrote toccatas, capriccios, fantasias, fugues, variations, suites, sonatas, and varied shorter works especially for teaching.

Bach’s famous six acclaimed Brandenburg Concertos were dedicated to the Margrave of Brandenburg in 1721.

Music of BachIn 1723 as Cantor for the Choir School of St. Thomas in Leipzig, he was responsible for the music life at five city churches. composing a huge amount of choral works.

He took charge of the University Collegium musicum and his collected works were first published by the Bach-Gesellschaft (Bach Society), 1851-1900 using the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (Thematic-Systematic Listing of the Works of J.S. Bach) by Wolfgang Schmieder.

JS Bach finalised his stunning collection of twenty-four preludes and fugues in all major and minor keys in 1722 and called them collectively, “The Well-Tempered Clavier”.

Playing OrganOver the next twenty years, he wrote a further twenty-four, making the present total of forty-eight pieces, all of which have a complex structure and a wealth of detail, extending the full possibilities of the organ keyboard; a challenge for any organist.

Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2018-10-16

Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons

Johann Sebastian Bach and his sons

Remember Bach Fest III

Saturday 10th November 2018 – 10am – 5pm

10am – 12pm: Masterclass
12.15 – 1pm: ORGAN RECITAL ‘Bach & Friends’
2 – 2.30pm: Masterclass participants’ concert
3 – 4pm: AUSTRAL HARMONY CONCERT ‘Baroque Triptych’
4pm: Afternoon Tea and Conversation

Chapel of the Annunciation,
Canberra Girls’ Grammar School,
48 Melbourne Avenue, Deakin 2600.


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