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Twenty years!

This is our twentieth anniversary year: we played our first concerts, in Oxford and London, in May 1997, and the whole story is revealed on our diary archive page. This year’s concerts in our Norwich and London series reflect this history. In March we are reprising a programme built around Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; in the summer we give a concert of French music – a theme that has come to the fore for us; and we finish in the autumn with an all-Bach programme and some of his most glorious music.

We will issue two CDs this year. The first of them, Musical offering, will be released in the spring; the second, Bach and before, will be isssued towards the end of the year. You can subscribe to Bach and before by becoming a Friend of the Bach Players for 2017: a subscription form can be dowloaded here. Both CDs are now announced on our recordings page.

January 2017


Our next event

Stabat Mater

Medium stabat mater 2017

Saturday 25 March, 7.30 pm

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Keeping in touch

Friends of the Bach Players

In 2008 we started a subscription scheme as a way of supporting the production of our CDs. Last year we renamed and formalized this as Friends of The Bach Players, reflecting the larger purpose of the scheme. By becoming a Friend, you support both the concerts and the recordings – costly operations that always need subsidy from somewhere, and for which it is increasingly difficult to find help from the Arts Council. You will also become part of a community of people who enjoy and support what we do.

To join the Friends of The Bach Players and receive a copy of our forthcoming CD ‘Bach and before’: download this form

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How we sound

From the Journal

In the Company of Gods

March 2017 – other

Private music written for Louis XIV by composers who were all given a place among the gods on Mount Parnassus

Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665–1729): Trio Sonata in B flat major, for two violins and basso continuo
Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre: Sonata in A minor, for violin and basso continuo
Marin Marais (1656–1728) Arabesque for viola da gamba and basso continuo
Marin Marais: Sonnerie de Ste Geneviève du Mont de Paris for violin, viola da gamba, and basso continuo
François Couperin (1668–1733): La Française, for two violins and basso continuo
Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre: Trio Sonata in C minor for two violins and basso continuo
Jean Philippe Rameau (1683–1764): Pièces de clavecin en concert no. 5 for harpsichord, violin and viola da gamba

two violins, viola da gamba, harpsichord



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