The London Bach Orchestra

The London Bach Orchestra was founded by Martindale Sidwell in 1967 with the object of giving performances of Bach and other baroque composers with a body of fine players, keenly interested in music of the period. With much of the repertoire concerto or concertante in content and almost every piece demanding obbligato players, it was decided at the outset that the orchestra would import no outside soloists other than those playing instruments not normally carried by an orchestra of this nature.

During the 11 year period following the orchestra's first performance at the newly opened Queen Elizabeth Hall their audiences averaged 95 per cent capacity. In the same time there was remarkably little change in the orchestra's personnel.

Recordings

wedding London Bach Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Volume 1. Sinfonia from the Easter Oratorio, BWV249, Brandenburg concerto No. 3 in G, BWV1048, Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV1067, Ricercare from the musical offering. CD copy made from the mastertapes. Excellent quality. Originally issued as Guild Records GRSP7013. CD number MSLCD-005.
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London Bach Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Volume 2. Harpsichord concerto in F minor, BWV1056, Violin concerto in E, BWV1042, Sinfonia from the Christmas Oratorio, BWV248, Suite No. 3 in D, BWV1068.

 

CD copy made from the mastertapes. Excellent quality. Originally issued as London Bach Orchestra Records LBOR6601. CD number MSLCD-006.