Orgelbüchlein to return

William Whitehead

William Whitehead

This summer, Spitalfields Music launched the Orgelbüchlein Appeal, a call-out for support to help cover the costs of a second performance of the Orgelbüchlein project at the Tower of London.

Over the past few months, we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who responded. We are very grateful to those of you who made a donation, and were delighted to receive many kind messages in support of the project. We raised 86% of our £2,000 target, and after careful consideration we have decided that this is enough to go ahead with our second Orgelbüchlein concert. We’d like to say big thank you to all who donated; we couldn’t have done it without you!

Orgelbüchlein was Bach’s attempt at creating a complete handbook for budding organists. The collection of manuscripts was left unfinished when he died, so curator William Whitehead has taken it upon himself to extend the music into the 21st Century and finish the project as homage to Bach. Orgelbüchlein now contains 46 original organ preludes and many works by living composers.

More details about the performance will be made available when our full Winter Festival programme is announced on 9 September.

Many thanks to all supporters: Mark Anderson, Roy Blackwell & Jennifer Jones, Mary Collins, Anton Cox, John & Sandy Critchley, Stephen Garner, Gary Hunter & Michael Light, Christine Lewis, Janice Liverseidge, Kathleen Malbon, The Martineau Family Charity, John & Frances Bulwer, Frances Hollingsworth, Naseem Khan, Chris & Margaret Lovett, David Pears & Eleanor Smith.

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