Inspiring Bach combines a revolutionary approach to Historically Informed Performance with a major new relationship. We’ll be collaborating 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’ll be exploring the use of real natural trumpets and equal tension strings to create a series of filmed, live performances, workshops and public discussions.
The project launched in October at St Giles Cripplegate, London.
The programme included:
Johann Christoph Bach - Es erhub sich ein Streit
Johann Pachelbel - Gott sei uns gnädig
Johann Christoph Bach - Ach daß ich Wassers genug hätte
Sebastian Knüpfer - Die Turteltaube lässt sich hören
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 performance here.
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.