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St Johns Southgate presents an ongoing series of services incorporating the choral music of J.S. Bach in the context for which it was written, liturgical Lutheran church services.  2016 is its 19th liturgical year.  The series has presented over 100 different cantatas and most of the major choral works of Bach in over 150 events.


The series features the St Johns Bach Choir and Orchestra directed by St Johns’ Director of Music, Graham Lieschke.  The services include congregational liturgy and chorales, and organ music on the 1992 Knud Smenge pipe organ (see http://www.ohta.org.au/organs/organs/Southgate.html).


The St Johns Bach Orchestra plays on period instruments.  The St Johns collection of baroque instruments includes a chamber organ (Smenge, 1996), a concert harpsichord (McAllister 2008, after Moermans 1642), a pair of oboes da caccia, a set of 3 baroque timpani, a pair of cornetti and a soprano recorder in d.

Translations and notes on Bach cantatas are available at:
http://www.emmanuelmusic.org/notes_translations/nt_notes_transl_cantatas.htm#pab1_7

Services include an opportunity to make offerings and donations to support the St Johns Bach Program.  The "St Johns Southgate Bach Foundation Inc" was formed in 2011 to encourage donations and other activities supporting the program.  Donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

To make a donation:
(1) contact the church office at < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
(2) donate on-line (banking details are: ANZ Bank / BSB 013-128 / A/C 2783 73397).  Make sure that you identify yourself with any electronic donation so that you can be sent a receipt for taxation purposes.

Free parking is available at service times.  For enquiries, contact the office on (03) 9682 4995.


Pastor Ian presenting a sermon    A Cantata presented in it's intended setting

Bach Cantata Services for 2016

Events are organised on a rolling basis

Sun/29/Nov
9:00 a.m.

Festival Eucharist (Advent Sunday)
Schwingt freudig euch empor (BWV 36)

for 4 soloists, chorus, strings, 2 oboes d'amore and continuo

Maria Cristina Keightley (soprano)
Hamish Gould (countertenor)
Robert Macfarlane (tenor, visiting from Germany)
Oliver Mann (bass)

St Johns Bach Choir and Orchestra
directed by Graham Lieschke
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Sun/3/Jan/16
9:00 a.m.

Festival Eucharist (Sunday after New Year)
Ehre sei dir Gott gesungen (Christmas Oratorio: BWV 248/V)

for 4 soloists, chorus, strings, 2 oboes d'amore and continuo

Hannah Irvine (soprano)
Maximilian Riebl (countertenor)
Jacob Lawrence (tenor)
Oliver Mann (bass)

St Johns Bach Choir and Orchestra
directed by Graham Lieschke
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Sun/14/Feb/16
9:00 a.m.

Eucharist (First Sunday in Lent)
Widerstehe doch der Sünde (BWV 54)

for alto solo, strings and continuo

Emily Bauer-Jones (contralto)

St Johns Bach Orchestra
directed by Graham Lieschke
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Sun/3/Apr/16
9:00 a.m.

Eucharist (Sunday after Easter)
St Thomas Ostermusik by Georg Christoph Biller (2012)

for double choir, organ and percussion Australia premiere

directed by the composer Georg Christoph Biller (Leipzig, Germany)
Supported by: Robert Salzer Foundation, Australian Bach Society,
St Johns Southgate Bach Foundation

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Sun/10/Apr/16
9:00 a.m.

Eucharist (Easter 3 - Good Shepherd Sunday)
Du Hirte Israel, höre (BWV 104)

for 2 soloists, chorus, strings, 2 oboes d'amore and continuo

St Johns Bach Choir and Orchestra
directed by Georg Christoph Biller
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Thurs/5/May/16
7:30 p.m.

Vespers (Ascension Day)
Wer da gläubet und getauft wird (BWV 37)

for 4 soloists, chorus, strings, 2 oboes d'amore and continuo

Baroque Ensemble and Early Voices of the Early Music Studio,
University of Melbourne

directed by David Irving
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Sun/3/Jul/16
9:00 a.m.

Eucharist (7th Sunday after Pentecost)
Christen, ätzet diesen Tag (BWV 63)

for 4 soloists, chorus, strings, 3 oboes, bassoon, 4 trumpets, timpani and continuo

St Johns Bach Choir and Orchestra
directed by Graham Lieschke
coinciding with the conclusion of the "Luther@500" international conference
http://www.luther500.com.au

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A Cello player intense on the task at hand