Early Music Day
Saturday 21 March 2020
Happy Birthday, J S Bach!
St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LG
(Close to Tottenham Court Road underground)
Andrew Benson-Wilson (organ)
Poppy Walshaw (cello), Annabel Knight (flute)
Art of Moog: 21st Century Hyper-Bach on Synthesizers
Three informal 45′ afternoon Bach organ and solo instrument recitals
(Free entry – donations welcomed)
4pm. Andrew Benson-Wilson + Poppy Walshaw
(Cello Suite 2 in d)
5pm. Andrew Benson-Wilson + Annabel Knight
6pm. Andrew Benson-Wilson + Poppy Walshaw
(Cello Suite 3 in C)
Special evening concert @ 7.30
(Tickets £15 from Eventbrite or on the door)
ART OF MOOG
21st-Century Hyper-Bach on Synthesizers
(combined with the historic St Giles-in-the-Fields organ,
with pipework dating back to Bach’s time)
Art of Moog plays the music of J S Bach on cutting edge analogue and digital synthesizers, with some unashamed electronica overtones. More like a Kraftwerk gig than a classical concert, and with boundary-crossing audience appeal, this is live synth-Bach with completely new levels of insight and unsurpassed standards of performance. A fascinating melding of 18th-century style with 21st-century technology, colourful and quirky, often mesmerising and moving.
The organ in St Giles-in-the-Fields was originally built by George Dallam in 1678 with further work in 1699 by Christian Smith, nephew of ‘Father’ Smith. It was moved into a new organ case in the rebuilt St Giles church in 1734 by Gerard Smith the Younger. It was rebuilt in 1856 by Gray and Davison, then at the height of their fame. It was restored in 2006 by William Drake of Buckfastleigh, retaining material from 1678, 1699 and 1856. It is one of the most important historic organs in the UK.
More details here.