Ludlow Arts: Classical

Ludlow Arts: Classical

Arcadia Festival: JS Bach — A Celebration

Friday 5 October 2018 at 7:30pm

St Mary Magdalene, Leintwardine, SY7 0LJ

Thorvald Blough: baritone
Timothy Gill: cello
Thomas Bowes: violin
Karen Jones: flute

JS Bach: Cello Suite in C minor, BWV 1011
JS Bach: Cello Suite in C major, BWV1009
JS Bach: Violin Partita in B minor, BWV 1002
JS Bach: Violin Partita in D minor, BWV1004
JS Bach: Flute Partita in A minor, BWV 1013
Spirituals: Shenandoah, Steal Away, Pilgrim's Song, Amazing Grace

Arcadia 2018 focuses on the glorious music of JS Bach. An in-depth examination of the mysteries and layers of his ever-popular music and of his enigmatic personality will be undertaken over five events in four days — performed by a select handful of stellar musicians.

A performance of perhaps the greatest ever work for keyboard — the epic Goldberg Variations — by international star pianist Joanna MacGregor is the centrepiece in the concert at St Laurence's Ludlow on Saturday October 6th. Also featured will be Oh Chaconne!, Eleanor Alberga's homage to Bach's famous Chaconne for solo violin, followed by the Chaconne itself.

Bach's music for unaccompanied cello, violin and flute will be woven into a meditation on solitude by the young American baritone Thorvald Blough on Friday evening, October 5th at St Mary Magdalene in Leintwardine, while the final concert on Sunday afternoon, 4pm, October 7th at St Giles Downton will showcase a rare performance of Bach's great musical puzzle, A Musical Offering as well as one of Bach's most appealing cantatas, Ich Habe Genug. Resulting from the uncomfortable meeting of the young King Frederick of Prussia and the ageing composer in 1747, A Musical Offering can now be seen as Bach's great rebuke to worldly power.

The mystery around A Musical Offering will be revealed and unravelled in a special event — a fully illustrated talk at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms on Saturday October 6th at 4:00 pm.

The festival will be launched with the customary free taster event at the Sun Inn in Leintwardine on Thursday October 4th.

Tickets, £15, two concerts for £25, three for £35;
Talk £10; Festival Pass £40. Accompanied u16s free.
Tickets from Ludlow Assembly Rooms Box Office, online HERE or at the door

JS Bach