Bach at Trinity

Bach at TrinityWelcome to Bach at Trinity, which took place in 2016-17 and was a year-long celebration of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach and of the 40th anniversary of Trinity College’s chapel organ (completed in 1976 by the Swiss firm of Metzler Orgelbau), 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, was as much a celebration of the music of  Bach and of this instrument as a celebration of the achievements of Richard Marlow and his vision in having this wonderful organ installed forty years ago.

Trinity College Metzler OrganI was delighted that so many organists played 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, as well as a masterclass which was given by distinguished American organist, Ann Elise Smoot.

Every recital was webcast live online, and tracks are now available to listen again to on our online Bach Player, an ever-expanding resource of recordings.

Alexander Hamilton TCMS
(Artistic Director, Bach at Trinity)


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