Bringing Bach to Life

Saturday 13 June 2020
St. Margaret's Church,
Topsham
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 in advance, £15 on the door. Full-time students half price. Children free.

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Bringing Bach to Life

Join Exeter Bach Society and Dr Jonathan James for a special illustrated concert where the music of J S Bach will be brought to life through the story of the liturgical year. Including excerpts from J S Bach's famous cantatas, passions and motets this concert promises to be an educational and musical feast.

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Performers

Musical Director: Jonathan Lucas Wood

Organ: Timothy Parsons

Speaker: Dr Jonathan James

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Biography

Dr Jonathan James has been enthusing about music to concert audiences and in classrooms for over twenty years, ever since he started giving pre-performance talks as a conductor. His freelance work as a presenter, interviewer and workshop leader takes him all over the UK and into Europe.

As a conductor, Jonathan has worked in London, Europe and the States, including with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic (as a Zander Fellow) and City of Prague Symphony Orchestra. He was principal guest conductor with the Bristol Ensemble for four years and was founder-conductor of the New Bristol Sinfonia. He had training from John Forster, formerly head of conducting at the Royal College of Music and at the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Weimar, Germany, as well as attending numerous international masterclasses.

With a PhD in Music Education and a qualified teacher, he founded and directs the Bristol Pre-Conservatoire, a prestigious evening school for talented young classical and jazz players. Whilst Head of Performing Arts for a Further Education college in Bristol (2007-12), he taught on a Rock and Pop performance course, and continues to teach jazz piano.