Bach to the Future!
Ninth New England Bach Festival
10 - 13 May 2018
Pre-festival Event
Sunday 29 April 12:30pm Uniting Church Armidale
Cantata 44 - Sie werden euch in den Bann tun with TAS Chapel Choir
Free admission - donations encouraged
Bach to the Future!

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

Israeli harpsichordist Michael Tsalka joins Diana Weston in a duo harpsichord program, and then there are the Lotti Trio (recorder, viola, cello), EphenStephen (guitar duo), the Armidale Organ Crawl with Warwick Dunham and Lena Schmalz, cellist Camilla Tafra joined by dancer Georgia Vaughan, the Armidale Symphony Orchestra and a tribute to the 1970s fusion supergroup Sky.

You will hear Bach as a composer for the the past, present and future.

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..


2018 Program

Season Tickets Available Here Full $170.00 Concession $110.00

Date Thursday 10 May - 7:30pm
Event Lotti Trio (Alana Blackburn - recorder, Laura Curotta - viola, Robert Jackson - cello) Baroque trios and more, including a new work by Benjamin Thorn.
Alana Blackburn
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Friday 11 May - 12:30pm
Event Lecture Recital by Kylie Constantine on Cantata I: Pourquoy plaintive Philomèle by Jean-Baptiste Stuck (Battistin).
Presented in collaboration with UNE School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences.
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $10.00 | Concession $5.00

Date Friday 11 May - 7:30pm
Event Thorough Bass Double Keyboards (Diana Weston and Michael Tsalka)
Bach and Sons
Music for two harpsichords and organ by JS, JC, WF and CPE Bach, including Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, Ricercar from the Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue, and sonatas and fantasias by the sons.
Learn more about them here
www.thoroughbass.com.au
www.michaeltsalka.com
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Saturday 12 May - 10:30am
Event Peasant Cantata
Dramatised performance of Bach’s cantata.
Location Hanna’s Arcade
126 Beardy St, Armidale NSW 2350
Just Turn Up! FREE

Date Saturday 12 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.
Learn more about them here www.ephenstephen.com/
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $20.00 | Concession $15.00

Date Saturday 12 May - 2:30pm
Event The Armidale Organ Crawl
An ambulatory concert featuring four organs starring Warwick Dunham, Lena Schmalz and lots of Bach, and live drawing.
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 12 May - 7:30pm
Event Sky Tribute Concert
A re-evocation of the 1970s supergroup Sky famed for their jazz fusion versions of baroque works. This performance features Warwick Dunham, Stephen Tafra, Stephen Thorneycroft, David van Tongeren and Sarah Thorneycoft.
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $30.00 | Concession $20.00

Date Sunday 13 May - 12:30pm
Event Cello and Dance
Camilla Tafra playing Bach cello suite 5 and works by Boccherini and Gabrieli, accompanied by dancer Georgia Vaughan.
Learn more about Camilla
Location Uniting Church
114 Rusden St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $20.00 | Concession $15.00

Date Sunday 13 May - 2:00pm,
Event Armidale Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stephen Wu with Eliza Scott violin Handel, Bach Orchestral Suite 2, Haydn and Mendelssohn.
www.armsymph.org/
Location St Mary and Joseph’s Cathedral
132 Dangar St, Armidale NSW 2350
Tickets Available Here Full $25.00 | Concession $10.00 | $5.00

Date Sunday 13 May - 5pm
Event Festival Evensong
Cantata 44, Sie werden euch in den Bann tun, composed for this Sunday in the church year.
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 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!