Bach at Trinity

Bach at TrinityWelcome to Bach at Trinity, a year-long celebration of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and of the 40th anniversary of Trinity College’s chapel organ - completed in 1976 by the Swiss firm of Metzler Orgelbau - to be hosted by TCMS. The organ is renowned not only throughout the United Kingdom but across the world, and is regarded by many as the best instrument in the United Kingdom for playing the organ music of Bach.

The idea for this series first came when I noticed a message in the choir vestry addressed to the choir from Annette Marlow, wife of the late Dr Richard Marlow, Director of Music at Trinity from 1968–2006. Pinned beneath this note was a programme, styled with beautiful calligraphy, from the complete Bach series given by Dr Marlow in 1976-77 in order to inaugurate the organ. Bach at Trinity, then, is as much a celebration of the music of  Bach and of this instrument as it is a celebration of the achievements of Richard Marlow and his vision in having this wonderful organ installed forty years ago this year.

Trinity College Metzler OrganI am delighted that so many organists will be playing throughout the year, with current and former organ scholars from across the University of Cambridge, students from London conservatoires and six of the country’s finest professionals. I am also very much looking forward to the masterclass given by distinguished American organist, Ann Elise Smoot.

I hope that you will be able to attend as many concerts in the series as possible. However, should you be unable to join us, we will also be webcasting every recital live online, and adding tracks to our online Bach Player, an ever-expanding resource of recordings.

Alexander Hamilton TCMS
(Artistic Director, Bach at Trinity)

Admission to recitals in this series is free of charge.


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