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2023 brings us an opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest events in musical history, J.S. Bach’s appointment as Thomaskantor in Leipzig. As a result, a new era in music history began.

For the next 27 years, the requirements of his appointment combined with his deep faith and desire to encourage faith in all others, inspired Bach to produce music of such staggering beauty, complexity and profundity that changed the course of music forever. These works, particularly the cantatas, are still performed and idolised around the world today, demonstrated by the more than 300 Bach choirs and societies that exist worldwide. To celebrate this momentous event, we have chosen 3 of his most celebrated Leipzig cantatas and his jubilant motet ‘Singet dem Herrn’. How can the works of Bach ever be adequately summed up? We will leave it to our international patron Sir John Eliot Gardiner ’But it is Bach, making music in the Castle of Heaven, who gives us the voice of God – in human form. He is the one who blazes a trail, showing us how to overcome our imperfections through the perfections of his music: to make divine things human and human things divine.’

School package
For every 10 students that book, 2 complimentary tickets for teaching staff are available, and then an extra 1 complimentary teacher ticket is available for every 5 students thereafter. i.e. a group booking of 15 students would allow for 3 staff free of charge.

Student tickets are $30 each and are available in both B and C reserves.

For school bookings, please contact the City Recital Hall Box Office directly at [email protected] or call 8256 2222 (12.30pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday.) Schools will need to confirm the total number of students and teachers attending, and pay via credit card when placing the booking. If you require an invoice for your records, this can be arranged with Box Office.

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