Bach Inspired

Bach Inspired

Introducing #bachinspired

Asteroids have been named after J.S. Bach. Beethoven called him “the father of harmony”. Without this hard-working, coffee-loving genius, the music of our planet would be very different.

Harmonies, or chords, are the tools that allow composers to express an infinite range of moods and emotions. Bach found ways to master the art of harmony which have fascinated musicians ever since, from Mozart to Radiohead. In short, we are all #bachinspired.

Our signature work, with a new twist

One of Bach’s greatest works, the St Matthew Passion, tells the story of Jesus in vivid and beautiful music. It’s a universal drama of life and death told through singing. At the heart of it lie ‘chorales’ -simple melodies that were already hundreds of years old when Bach recycled them. He gave them new, moving harmonies, allowing the chorales to offer an emotional commentary on the drama as it progresses. 

Click here to listen to The Bach Choir sing a chorale: 


St Matthew Passion Graphic

The Bach Choir usually performs the St Matthew Passion to sold-out audiences at Easter every year.  It’s a very important moment for us.

Unable to perform in 2020 or 2021, we used the music as a catalyst to launch a bold conversation between the past and the future. And to allow us to support composers and singers throughout lockdown.

An exciting project in an extraordinary year

We invited six brilliant, award-winning composers to compose new works in answer to chorales from the St Matthew Passion.  They had complete freedom to choose their text, and we invited them to challenge, explore and take risks. We are now beginning to explore their compositions in rehearsals with musical director David Hill.

Later this year these new #bachinspired works will be recorded alongside the chorales which prompted them. It will be an exciting moment when we can finally share them with the world!

The project aims to promote dialogue with the past while contributing to the music of the future. And creates a legacy from this extraordinary year when singing live has not been possible.

Join us on the journey

Join us for an uplifting journey as we rehearse and record this music. We’ll be curating interesting information about the composers, the texts and their authors and a bit about Bach and The Bach Choir too.

Introducing the #bachinspired composers

Gavin Higgins Bach Inspired

Gavin Higgins Cruelty has a Human Heart  Text by William Blake

Charlotte Harding Bach Inspired

Charlotte Harding Glow                         Text by Hildegard of Bingen

James Wilson Bach Inspired

James B. Wilson Who Has Seen the Wind? Text by Christina Rossetti

Carmen Ho Bach Inspired

Carmen Ho Easter Wings                    Text by George Herbert

Héloïse Werner Inner Phrases              Text by Arthur Rimbaud

Des Oliver Bach Inspired

Des Oliver Dreams in the Garden of Love’s Sleep Text by Sarojini Naidu



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