The Bach Project

21 March 1685 - 28 July 1750

     The Bach Project at Kingswood College aims at engaging every music student in Johann Sebastian Bach's music at some stage in their time with us.

Apart from his being an all-time extraordinary musician, Johann Sebastian Bach was a tireless teacher. His music is loved - played, recorded, listened to, discussed with enthusiasm - by audiences, musicians and scholars more than 200 years after his death. It seems that he was rather fond of children, too.


Bach is basic. So the Kingswood College Bach Project aims to have music by Bach, in one form or another, always on the go. At present, there are two established formal Bach occasions. We celebrate Bach's birthday each year on March 21st by way of a concert or two. And on the Sunday closest to Reformation Day (October 31st) we include music by the great composer in the Service.

In 2014 Stephen Holder spoke about the life of Bach and Human Rights as Bach's birthday was on the same day as Human Rights Day that year. Please click here to see his speech.

The Bach Birthday concert takes place every year in March (please check the calendar) in the Music School. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

The programme includes:

Junior Choir                                                        'Bist du bei mir' 
Marni vd Westhuizen, Tricia Vassiliou,
Morgan Herring recorder trio -                               Chorale
Ruru Makoni                                                       flute - Meditation by Bach/Gounod
Tristan Pitcher                                                    piano - Prelude in C major, no.1
Lungisa Duruwe                                                  tenor sax - Two Bourrees
Danielle Griesel                                                 flute - 'Siciliano' from Sonata in E flat major
Emily Fryer, Melanie Komb, Lungisa Duruwe            flutes and sax - 'Sheep may safely graze'
Emily Fryer                                                        Flute Sonata in G minor
Asia Wicherek                                                     'Ephiphora' for piano and tape
                                                                         by Pawel Mykietyn

Asia is a Polish pianist now based in Grahamstown. She played the abovementioned piece in her concerts at 2014's National Arts Festival. Click here to go to Joanna's website. 

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