Bach! Family & Friends!
Tenth New England Bach Festival
7 - 10 May 2020
Four days of the best Baroque Music.

Bach to the Future!

The tenth New England promises a wonderful range of concerts and some fabulous musicians playing lots of Bach and other baroque masters, and a few surprises.

There will be! The organ crawl! There are sights to see and songs to sing!

Austral Harmony is providing a Bach Bouquet with their specially crafted floral renditions. David Drury is channeling Bach from Beyond with his organ improvisations whilst EphenStephen presents the Goldberg Variations.

Baroque infused jazz with Bach and the Edge of Sky, Camerata Antica takes a journey through 17th Century Songbooks, and Shaun Ng (viola da gamba) and Diana Weston (clavier) provides an intimate soiree.

Be sure not to miss Sydney Consort as they bid you all au revoir and the devine magic of Evensong.

Oh...and the peasants are revolting at the beautiful Hanna Arcade!

Benjamin Thorn
Artistic Director

The New England Bach Festival acknowledges the support of the UNE School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences and the Regional Australia Bank.


The New England Bach Festival is a biennial event in Armidale NSW Australia dedicated to the best in baroque music with a focus on that of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Armidale, in the northern tablelands of New South Wales, is a city of 24,000 inhabitants, a university (The University of New England), two cathedrals, the New England Regional Art Museum which houses the renowned Howard Hinton Collection and The Museum of Printing and a lively musical life

It was the third City of the Arts in NSW.The aim of the New England Bach Festival is to bring the best available Australian and overseas baroque performers to Armidale. Recent festivals have also included improvised concerts that pay tribute to that aspect of Bach’s genius.

If you would like to learn more about Johann Sebastian Bach visit www.jsbach.org..


2020 Program

Season Tickets Available Here Full $180.00 Concession $170.00

Date Thursday 7 May - 7:30pm
Event Sydney Consort - Farewell Concert - Bach and Sons
Music from the Bach family for violin, recorder and harpsichord by JS, WF, CPE and JC Bach, and a little Handel on the side.
Stan Kornel, Monika Kornel, Alana Blackburn.
Sydney Consort
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Friday 8 May - 12:30pm
Event David Drury - Channeling Bach
Brilliant organist David Drury in a program of Bach, and improvisation. What David can spontaneously do with a simple theme has to heard to be believed.
David's Bio
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $20.00 | Concession $15.00

Date Friday 8 May - 7:30pm
Event Thorough Bass - Bach Family and Friends
Shaun Ng (viola da gamba) and Diana Weston (clavier)
Step into the home of Johann Sebastian Bach and meet some of his family and friends – through music of course. Bach loved spontaneous soirées, often with his own family and friends making the music and we’d like to do the same.

So here is a program Bach may well approve of – with sonatas by Bach himself, his second son Carl Philip Emanuel, family friend and brilliant gambist Carl Friedrich Abel, and (not yet born but let’s pretend) John Christian, the youngest.
www.thoroughbass.com.au
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Saturday 9 May - 10:30am
Event Peasant Cantata
A dramatized version of the cantata that explores the vagaries of dealing with the taxman.
Location Hanna’s Arcade
126 Beardy St, Armidale NSW 2350
Just Turn Up! FREE

Date Saturday 9 May - 12:30pm
Event EphenStephen Guitar Duo (Stephen Tafra and Stephen Thorneycroft)
Includes Marcello/Bach Concerto in dmin; Bach French Suite and extracts from the Goldberg Variations.
www.ephenstephen.com/
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $20.00 | Concession $15.00

Date Saturday 9 May - 2:30pm
Event The Armidale Organ Crawl
An ambulatory concert featuring four organs (Uniting Church, St Paul’s, St Peter’s, St Mary and Joseph) featuring Phillip Gearing, David Drury, Lena Schmalz and Warwick Dunham, and lots of Bach. Like a pub crawl but with an organ recital in each church rather than a beer in each pub.
2:30pm starting in Uniting Church
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Saturday 9 May - 7:30pm
Event Austral Harmony – Bach and Florid Song
Jane Downer, Anna Sandstrom, Margaret Caley, Phillip Gearing, Camilla Tafra, Sarah Meagher, Alana Blackburn
Specially devised for the New England Bach Festival, “Bach & Florid Song” embraces a repertory of floral themes, flowery language, florid obbligatos, and intricately ornamented song, with attention drawn to Bach’s perceptive musical expression of poetic texts.
Austral Harmony
Location The Armidale School - Memorial Hall
Barney Street (cnr Douglas Street), Armidale, NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Sunday 10 May - 12:30pm
Event Camerata Antica – The Mysterious Carlo G: exploring C17th songbooks
Anna Sandstrom, Matthew Manchester, David Drury
Intriguing music for Soprano, Cornetto and Organ from the seventeenth century juxtaposed with music by Bach.
Camerata Antica
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $20.00 | Concession $15.00

Date Sunday 10 May - 2:30pm
Event Bach and the Edge of Sky
Baroque jazz fusion brilliantly performed by Warwick Dunham, Stephen Tafra, Stephen Thorneycroft, Sarah Thorneycroft, David van Tongeren and Katie Hazelwood. Music that appeals to body, mind and soul. A similar concert by the same performers was the hit of the last festival.
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Sunday 10 May - 5:00pm,
Event Festival Evensong
The conclusion to this beautiful festival. Bach’s sacred music performed in the context for which it was written.
Location St Peter’s Cathedral
122 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Just Turn Up! FREE

Bookings Information
Bookings Form
Enquiries (02) 6772 5889
benjaminthorn@bigpond.com
www.ne-bach-festival.com
www.facebook.com/NewEnglandBachFestival/

Click on the the Purple Links to purchase tickes, learn more about a performance for each event or purchase a season pass here.

Tickets can also be purchased through www.trybooking.com or at branches of Regional Australia Bank or by post sending booking form and cheque to 21 North Street, Armidale,NSW 2350. Concession tickets are available to pensioners, concession card holders, full time students (NOT Seniors card).

Take the time to enjoy the spectacular New Englang countryside in Autumn.

Browse through an antique store, enjoy a meal at one of the many boutique cafes and restaurants or enjoy some time at one of our spectacular vineyards.

Most of all enjoy the music!