1 April 2013 at the Royal Albert Hall, London

Sir John Eliot Gardiner presents
one incredible day of Bach

No composer’s music is more inextricably linked with Eastertide than Bach’s – and, as The Times has said, “No one conducts Bach like John Eliot Gardiner”.

Easter Monday 2013 brings his ambitious Bach project –the Bach Marathon,
nine inspiring hours of music celebrating J.S Bach.

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Join the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and an array of distinguished guests including violinist Viktoria Mullova, cellist Alban Gerhardt, pianist Joanna MacGregor and organist John Butt.

The line-up for the day also includes guest speakers Matthew Barley (cellist), Raymond Tallis (author, philosoper and former professor of geriatric medicine), Anna Starkey (science communicator and writer), Tamar Pincus (psychologist), Julian Joseph (pianist), Paul Elie (author), Michael Trimble (neurologist) – and the Royal Albert Hall audience, who will be invited to participate in the Easter cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden.

Sir John Eliot
, who will be celebrating his 70th birthday in April 2013, said:
"Some of the milestones in my life seem to be associated with the music of J.S. Bach and 2013 is no exception. Bach seems to appeal to a wide variety of people from all walks of life. To spend an entire day in the company of fellow musicians, writers and scientists to perform and discuss the music of this supreme composer whose music lights our lives more than 300 years after his birth is the best birthday present I could hope for.

Professor Raymond Tallis, who will be speak on the discussion panel, looks
forward to "devoting an entire day uninterruptedly attending to, and thinking about, the music of one of the greatest musicians (minds, souls) of all time, as interpreted by some of the greatest Bach interpreters of the present time."

Join us at the Royal Albert Hall on Easter Monday


This event has been made possible by the generous support of:

Dunard Fund  

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Sir Ralph Kohn for The Kohn Foundation, an organisation renowned for its dedicated Bach work in the UK and abroad, including its support of the Cantatas series at the Royal Academy of Music, the Annual Bach Prize and its work in Leipzig.

Countess Yoko Nagae Ceschina, Jane Patterson and Sebastiano Cossia Castiglioni, Morny and Ian Hay Davison, Lady Susan Hussey, Martin Campbell-White, Sylvie and Bernard de Lattre, Felicity Fairbairn, The Viscount Head, and several anonymous donors.