Ben Sibson for all his technical wizardry and unwavering support; Klara and Dana Teahan, the fabulous husband and wife team of ‘Divide by Zero’ who help me with my website and all my design needs; Barb van Pernis for all her help over all these years and Andrew Simon and Grant Breen at Simon Whitlam wines for their continued support. I also thank all the armies of people who help me at every concert – the friends manning the bar, the people who help me to pack up, the friends who listen to all my ideas over the course of the year. No artist can work in a vacuum – and I thank everyone who supports me and my little series.
Welcome to Bach in the Dark for 2015.
When I started this concert series in 2009, I had no idea that it would still be going in 2015. Over the last five years, so much has changed – and yet my original idea has stayed the same. I wanted to create a time to share the music I love with others in the type of place that I would like to visit. I wanted a place where nothing was more important than the sounds of Bach, or Bartok, or Bloch or Wesley-Smith, or anyone else that had written things I could play. I wanted people to be with me, in the moment. I wanted an unstuffy place where people could laugh or cry, or sigh with the beauty of the music that was so special to me. And it has happened for the last five years. Little things have changed – the wine has gotten better. There are blackout curtains hung to make things even darker. Now you can buy tickets on line. But the essence of Bach in the Dark has stayed true. I feel tremendously privileged to be able to curate a concert series that inspires me so much as a musician – it is one of the things in my life I cherish and value enormously.
To all the audience members who have come - I thank you. To the audience members who come back time and time again – I thank you (more!), and promise that you will never be bored. (If you are, I will stop!) To people who haven’t yet come to experience the crypt and Bach in the Dark – I welcome you in advance.
I hope to see many of you down in the crypt. 2015 will be another exciting year – I will be joined by some fabulous musicians and artists! As I am typing this I am smiling, thinking of the many challenges ahead – all of which I am looking forward to tremendously. Here’s to another year of being ‘in the moment’!
Please go to the ‘performances’ page for all of the dates and times for the 2015 concert season. Most concerts are at St James for two nights, and in Katoomba at nolan on lovel for one night. Some concerts will be repeated at other regional venues. You can buy tickets for the St James events online – simply follow the link (the small “t” sign) at the right-hand side of the grey box. News of all the performers joining me is on the ‘about’ page – just click here. If you are coming to the concerts at St. James, I have just struck a deal with the funky "Subsolo" Spanish restaurant and bar just around the corner from the crypt. If you present your Bach in the Dark ticket, you can get a 25% discount off the bill, up to a maximum of $40. Fantastic!
You can now buy Bach in the Dark tea towels, that were designed for me by Klara Teahan of Divide by Zero – I think they are just beautiful. Go here to purchase them online, or have some extra cash when you come to a concert – I’ll be selling them there too.
You can also buy copies of "Little Birds", the CD of ‘cello and accordion music I recorded in January 2014 and released in May 2014, here.