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..

Cantata!
Eighth New England Bach Festival
5-8 May 2016
Pre-festival Event
Cantatas 56 (Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen,)
170 (Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust)
Soloists Greg McPhan and Ruth Strutt
Sunday 24 April 12:30pm
Uniting Church Armidale. Entry by donation.
 
2016 Program
Season Tickets Available Here Full $170.00 Concession $110.00

Date Thursday 5 May - 7:30pm
Event Fanfare: natural trumpet, cornetto  and organ
John Foster and David Drury dazzle with some gems of the baroque trumpet repertoire.
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Friday 6 May - 12:30pm
Event David Drury (organ)
Bach and music inspired by Bach and improvisations on themes by local school students. 
“A mind blowing performance.”
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $20.00 | Concession $15.00

Date Friday 6 May - 7:30pm
Event The Wondrous Machine
Reworkings and reimaginings of the baroque with Ruth Strutt, Steve Thorneycroft, Steve Harris, Ash Hall, and Anthony Schulz. A fantastic blending of musical styles.
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Friday 6 May - 9:30pm
Event Baroque Bar
Informal and ad hoc baroque performances by local and visiting musicians.
Location St Kilda Hotel
102-104 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here FREE

Date Saturday 7 May - 10:30am
Event Coffee Cantata
Dramatised performance of Bach’s comic cantata. Also performance by PLC String Group.
Location Hanna’s Arcade
126 Beardy St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here FREE

Date Saturday 7 May - 12:30pm
Event Cello and Accordion
Rachel Scott and Anthony Schulz give the baroque a whole new sound world and perspective.
Location New England Regional Art Museum
106-114 Kentucky St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $20.00 | Concession $15.00

Date Saturday 7 May - 2:30pm
Event The Armidale Organ Crawl
An ambulatory concert in four churches featuring David Drury, Warwick Dunham and Lena Schmalz.
Starting in St Mary and Joseph’s Cathedral, then proceeding to St Peter's Cathedral, St Paul's and Uniting Churches.
Location St Mary and Joseph’s Cathedral
132 Dangar St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Saturday 7 May - 7:30pm
Event Bach, Pergolesi, Poulenc.
Bach Cantata 188 (Ich habe meine Zuversicht), Pergolesi Stabat Mater and Poulenc Organ Concerto.
Featuring Ruth Strutt, Kylie Constantine, Elias Wilson, Greg McPhan and Warwick Dunham.
Location The Armidale School Memorial Hall
87 Douglas St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Saturday 7 May - 9:30pm,
Event Baroque Bar
Informal and ad hoc baroque performances by local and visiting musicians.
Location Whitebull Hotel
117 Marsh Street, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here FREE

Date Sunday 8 May - 12:30pm
Event Cello and Guitar
Bach solo cello suite and new arrangements of Bach for guitar duo with Rachel Scott and EphenStephen.
Location New England Regional Art Museum
106-114 Kentucky St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $20.00 | Concession $15.00

Date Sunday 8 May - 2:30pm,
Event Arioso
Bach Wedding Cantata, Handel German Arias, and more!
Brisbane group Arioso, Judit Molnar, Margaret Caley, Janet Brewer, Belinda Mainwaring, and friends.
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Sunday 8 May - 5pm
Event Festival Evensong
Cantata 56 (Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen) presented in the context for which it was written.
Location St Peter’s Cathedral
122 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here FREE

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

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!