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 2017 I will be joined by some excellent artists. We kick off the year with a concert with a difference – two of Bach’s solo cello suites in the same evening; one with Ben Sibson playing hand percussion, improvising to Bach’s dances and the other with actor Paul Armstrong interspersing spoken word in between movements of Bach’s first cello suite. Concert favourite (and firecracker!) Veronique Serret will join me on violin for concerts in April. The sublime choir of St James and their director, Warren Trevelyan-Jones will perform with me in August, and to finish off the year I am joined by dear friends Janet and Raff Agostino on classical guitar. 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 2017!