Bach in the Dark is a time when you can be ‘in the moment’ with the performers. It’s a time when you can forget about the phone bill, or the shopping, or the dire state of Australian politics and simply listen.
The concerts run for just over an hour. They are deliberately informal – each piece is introduced, so there’s no need to look at your program. There is no dress code, no rule about when to clap, no rule about how you are meant to ‘be’ as you are listening (just don’t unwrap sweets when the musicians are playing – it’s louder than you think!).
Every venue is dark. Some venues are cold in winter, so you’ll need to wrap up warm. If the concert is in a church (or the crypt of St James), most seating is on pews – so you might want to bring a cushion.
The players will be fabulous. The music will be varied and wonderful. The wine will be delicious. Enjoy!
In 2018 I will be joined by some incredible artists – I hope you’ll each concert as much as I’ll enjoy getting them ready. I start the year playing with my ‘musical brother’, accordion virtuoso, Anthony Schulz. (What a way to begin! This combination is one of my favourites…). In June, I am joined by the extraordinary flautist, Sally Walker. It’ll also be the first outing of my new toy, a loop pedal – I’ve commissioned a work for it by Sydney-based composer, MB Sibson. In August, my dear friend and former teacher (not allowed to say ‘old teacher’, you know), David Pereira – a Bach in the Dark ‘favourite’ – will be with me. And to finish off the year I am joined by dear friends Janet and Raff Agostino on classical guitar with a new CD release tied into these concert. Lots of beautiful music, lots of inspiring artists having a great time on stage and responding in the moment. I hope to see you at a concert – come up and say hello! Here’s to 2018!