They are almost everywhere on earth, at least one on each continent: choirs, orchestras and societies whose members adore Johann Sebastian Bach. Here you will find them all: Bach choirs, Bach orchestras and Bach societies, that have the name of the master in its own.
Why is one of the Bach choirs not listed here? To be very open minded, may be it's just because I haven't found it. Because actually on this page of my website every Bach choir, every Bach orchestra and every Bach society on earth is supposed to be here. However, a link is missing, if a choir, an orchestra or a society has no "Bach" in it's official name. Plus, there is a second little hurdle. If there are Bach choir plus a Bach orchestra, let's say, in Singapore, it's only mentioned twice, if they a re really two different institutions. And because that on the other hand is a little different to tell, it depends on the website of this Bach society, this Bach orchestra or this Bach choir. Do both, society and orchestra have two different websites, than they are listed here separately too. If not - than they are not.
If you feel, a Bach choir, a Bach orchestra or a Bach society is missing, please write me a mail. Just click here, whether I already know about it. I am looking forward to your mail and I will upgrade the list. If there is one institution not existing any more, a Bach choir or a Bach orchestra or a Bach society, I would as well be pleased about such a hint. Plus, that is also true if a hyperlink doesn't work properly. Thanks very much from a Bach fan.
Bach choirs and Bach orchestras: did you know there are almost as many Bach institutions in Germany as there are in the USA and Great Britain combined?
... in the United Kingdom you find a lot of Bach choirs and Bach orchestras. In Berlin, Germany ( ... the image above) there are several Bach institutions in one city ...
... and in Hamburg, Germany you find one Bach society and two Bach choirs.
The United Kingdom is one of the "Big Three", when it comes to Bach choirs, Bach orchestras and Bach societies. Together with the United States and Germany the United Kingdom is neck to neck, so to speak.
Austria is next in the number of Bach choirs and Bach orchestras and holds a respectable fifth place behind the USA, the UK, Canada and Germany. However what you see in the photo above is Salzburg, the Mozart City.
The USA caught up powerful: in this country on the other side of the Atlantic more Bach orchestras and Bach choirs as well as Bach societies all over the world were founded in the last 100 years than anywhere else. In Seattle there is the Seattle Bach Choir.
There seems to be almost no metropolis in the United States of America, where you don't find at least one Bach choir or a Bach orchestra.
In Asia interest in classical music of European composers is booming. And with that you can't miss Johann Sebastian Bach. The most exotic* Bach choirs and Bach orchestras in asia are located in Hong Kong and in Tokio, Japan.
* I call it "exotic" for the reason that I as a German and European consider Chinese music less familiar than British or Amercian, Italian or French.
Australia, you see Sidney in the photo, and New Zealand are those nations with a Bach choir and Bach orchestra, which with the biggest distance away from "Bach Country", which is Thuringia in Germany, who honor the master with giving a choir or an orchestra his name.
On the following pages you will get a photo of the city or metropolis coming with every Bach choir, Bach orchestra or Bach society, in which this institution is practising and performing.
To provide you with an exciting illustration coming with the name of the Bach institution, we have decided for great photos, that do not necessarily match to the church, the community, the town or the suburb, where this choir, orchestra or society is located. Even more: sometimes we didn't even find a good photo of one or another city at all.
So, it's almost accidental, that we have a perfect picture of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechnis-Kirche matching the introduction of the Bach Choir at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtnis-Kirche. It's actually the exception to the rule.
Did you meanhwile conduct very much to become a Bach fan? Good, then this is the place for you. Because on "Bach On Bach" there is always something to experience and to read right away, something to listen to or something to watch - but you' ll always will find a little "manual" on page one of a chapter.
On these pages of your Bach website honoring the composer and Thomas Cantor we will introduce Bach institutions from all over the world. And because here on "Bach On Bach" you are not only just provided with lists, we just arrange them internationally. Now what does that mean?
Plus, finally - what actually is the "Bach Moving Service". This question and this hint are not really meant honestly (... again) - really serious, that is what you don't find on this website. However: from now on it was never ever been so easy to move from one city to another - of course here it's only in the matter of Bach.
What has this Bach-Band from Rochester, IL to do with this webiste and why is it on this page? There is, actually, no reason. Or is there? Of course the Bach Band is no Bach orchestra in the sense of this page, but who wants to take this title from these guys away? Actually it's a unique Bach orchestra! Those eight gentlemen didn't only carry the name of Bach, they were related to Johann Sebastian Bach without exception.
Here, in this corner of my website I will introduce every Bach institution to you. Every Bach choir, every Bach society and every Bach orchestra who adores the work of Johann Sebastian Bach that much, that the composer's name is part of the institution's name.
Two years ago I even had the idea to provide a page to every single Bach choir, Bach orchestra and Bach society on an independent website, where coming Bach events and Bach concerts could have been announced. Published by each society or choir or orchestra.
But as this project, during the last 24 months, was a gigantic "guinea pig", a first try turned out to take too much time effort. To cultivate a friendship to every Bach choir, every Bach orchestra and every Bach institution, would have been a challenge of a greater magnitude and so there is only a little remaining of the "guinea pig" left: that is the introduction of all institutions and the title of the planned website, which wanted to spread its program into the world. Maybe just the time wasn't right. May be it's still coming down the road. 36 months after I wrote these line, the dream came true in a different way: there is a page on this website, where interested Bach institutions might publish their events. Click here to visit this page and if you feel, you would like to spread your event all over the planet, please feel free to contact me: send me text between 50 and 200 words plus a picture or pdf. Plus, the date or the first date and the last date, if it's about a several day event or a several weeks event.
Actually I planned a separate website. Events, concerts, exhibitions - just all events related to the theme of Johann Sebastian Bach were supposed to be published here. Every Bach coir, every Bach orchestra and every Bach society should have received its own space on this portal, to announce Bach events in the oncoming year. This image of the website above is left, and as I feel it turned out nice, I keep it here for eternity. However, please be advised: there never was such a magazine with that front page.
In the very beginning of this website and project I just wanted to put a long list together. Not related to the country one city follows another city just on a alphabetical order. And so the Bach orchestra in Aachen in Germany is listed earlier than the Bach institution in Baltimore in the USA. And Baltimore is listed earlier than Tokio and Tokio is earlier than Zürich in Switzerland.
However, you can list is earlier to navigate, and that is possible without installing more subpages. That is why you will find here and now and if you scroll down a little a list arranged by countries. There it's well arranged.
After all, what is the criteria, which is important to embed a Bach choir, a Bach orchestra or a Bach society in the list - ant that is to say, not just to get a mile long list and not to bore everyone? It is not that easy. It has to do with the fact how self-sufficient a choir, an orchestra, respectively a society is. Main criteria is - how could it be different - the internet. For instance: if there is a Bach society in Melbourne, and some of the members are singing in a choir, than Melbourne is represented just once in my list on my website. And that is exactly with the title, which the society or the orchestra chose.. So, this is either the "Tampa Bach Society" or the "Tampa Bach Society and Choir". However, if there are two institutions - and just as an example we choose Orlando, this great town in Central Florida - which act absolutely closed, that is they have two websites, than they are listed here as two different organizations - which would be two entries in every list of this website.
Of course you will find the most Bach choirs, Bach orchestras and Bach societies in Germany - but Johann Sebastian Bach is almost loved in the same way by the United States of America and Great Britain, which follow close with almost the same number of Bach choirs, Bach orchestras and Bach societies. In Germany there are 88 organizations, there are some 40 in both the United States and in Great Britain. Leipzig and London are the cities with the most Bach choirs, orchestras and societies in one city.
You now have the option: if you are looking for a Bach choir or a Bach society, you will find yours quickly checking my list below. If you have fun surfing the net and you take this "Bach Adventure Park" as I designed it, than you change directly to the list based on international locations. The first letter of the city counts and you might find the Bach choir in Honk Kong sooner than a Bach orchestra located in India or behind a Bach society in Germany: it's mixed really colorful and entertaining.
Have much fun with looking for and finding your Bach choir, your Bach orchestra or your Bach society.
What a disappointment: not in every country, you see the flag here, there is a Bach choir, a Bach orchestra or a Bach society. No - this here is just a nice illustration.
Here is where the story of one of the most famous composers all over the world started almost 333 years ago. In Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany. Here is where the Bach Family once lived, in the nowadays Bach House next door to the modern Bach Museum. But Johann Sebastian Bach wasn't born in this house. However: it happened just a few steps away.
1 Bach Society and Choir, Brisbane
2 Bach Ensemble, Canberra
3 Australien Bach Society, Melbourne, Australien
4 Melbourne Bach Choir, Australien
5 Sydneian Bach Choir and Orchestra, Sydney, Australien
1 The Windsbach Boys Choir, Shanghai
2 Hong Kong Bach Choir
3 Hong Kong Bach Choir and Orchestra
1 Aachener Bachverein, Aachen
2 Aachener Kammerchor, Aachen
3 Altöttinger Bachchor, Altötting
4 Bachchor Arnstadt
5 Bachchor Bad Homburg
6 Bachchor der Erlöserkirche Bad Homburg
7 Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Haus, Bad Segeberg
8 Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Berlin
9 Bachchor a. d. Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, Berlin
10 Bachchor Dahlem, Berlin-Dahlem
11 Friedemann-Bach-Orchester Berlin
12 Bach-Chor Bonn
13 Bachchor Bremerhaven
14 Bückeburger Bach-Orchester, Bückeburg
15 Bachchor Coburg
16 Bach-Chor Darmstadt
17 Dinslakener Bach-Chor, Dinslaken
18 Dortmunder Bachchor, Dortmund
19 Bachverein Düsseldorf
20 Bachhaus und Bach Museum, Eisenach
21 Bachchor Eisenach
22 Bach-Verein Erlangen
23 Essener Bachchor, Essen
24 Kettwiger Bach-Ensemble, Essen-Kettwig
25 Flensburger Bach-Chor, Flensburg
26 Bachchor Frankfurt
27 Freiburger Bachchor
28 Freiburger Bachorchester, Freiburg
29 Bach Chor & Orchester Fürstenfeldbruck
30 Gelsenkirchener Bach-Chor
31 Görlitzer Bachchor, Görlitz
32 Bachchor Gotha
33 Bachchor Gütersloh
34 Bach-Chor Hagen
35 Bach-Chor der Johanniskantorei Halle
36 Carl-Philipp-Emanuel-Bach-Chor Hamburg
37 Hamburger Bachchor St. Petri, Hamburg
38 Hamburger Bachverein, Hamburg
39 Bachchor Hannover
40 Bachchor Heidelberg
41 Bach-Chor Kilianskirche Heilbronn
42 Bachchor Karlsruhe
43 Sing Bach, Karlsruhe
44 Kasseler Bachchor, Kassel
45 Bachchor Koblenz
46 Bachverein Koblenz
47 Bach Verein Köln
48 Deutsches Bachorchester, Köln
49 Bach-Chor Konstanz
50 Bachchor Köthen
51 Bachchor Leipzig
52 Bachorchester des Gewandhauses Leipzig
53 Neue Bachgesellschaft, Leipzig
54 Thomanerchor Leipzig
55 Bachchor Leverkusen
56 Bachchor St. Marien, Lilienthal
57 Lübecker Bach-Chor, Lübeck
58 Bachchor Lüneburg
59 Lüneburger Bachorchester, Lüneburg
60 Bachchor Mainz
61 Bachchor Mannheim
62 Marburger Bachchor, Marburg
63 Münchberger Bachchor, Münchberg
64 Münchener Bach-Chor und Bach-Orchester, München
65 Bach Collegium München
66 K. Richter & Munich Bach Choir & Orchestra, München
67 Bachchor Neumünster
68 Bachchor St. Lorenz Nürnberg
69 Bach-Orchester Nürnberg
70 Bach-Chor Ortenau
71 Bach-Chor Osnabrück
72 Bachorchester Pforzheim
73 Bachchor Ravensburg
74 Rendsburger Bachchor, Rendsburg
75 Bachchor Saarbrücken
76 Bachchor und Bachorchester Siegen
77 Bachchor Stuttgart
78 Internationale Bach-Akademie, Stuttgart
79 Trierer Bachchor, Trier
80 Bachchor Tübingen
81 Bachchor Villingen
82 Wasserburger Bach-Chor, Wasserburg
83 Bach Stammhaus Wechmar e.V.
84 Bachhaus Weimar e.V.
85 Bachchor Wiesbaden
86 Wittener Bach-Chor, Witten
87 Wormser Bachchor, Worms
88 Bachchor Würzburg
1 The Lathi Bach Choir, Helsinki
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1 Bach Collegium, Paris
1 Hungarian Bach Society, Budapest
2 Budapest Bach Consort
1 Aberdeen Bach Choir
2 City of Bath Bach Choir
3 Birmingham Bach Choir
4 Bournemouth Bach Choir
5 Bristol Bach Choir
6 Bury Bach Choir
7 Bach Choir at the Cambridge Univ. Musical Soc. Chorus
8 Cardiff Bach Choir
9 Cheltenham Bach Choir
10 Chesterfield Bach Choir
11 Colchester Bach Choir
12 Yorkshire Bach Choir, Cottingham
13 Derby Bach Choir
14 Edinburgh Bach Choir
15 Exeter Bach Society
16 The Eye Bach Choir
17 Tilford Bach Society, Farnham
18 Furness Bach Choir
19 Grimbsby Bach Choir
20 The Guernsey Bach Choir
21 Gwent Bach Society
22 Hull Bach Choir
23 Ipswitch Bach Choir
24 Keele Bach Choir
25 Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir
26 The Leicester Bach Choir
27 The East Sussex Bach Choir, Lewis
28 The East Cornwall Bach Choir, Liskeard
29 The Bach Choir at Cadogan Hall, London
30 The Bach Choir, London
31 The London Bach Orchestra
32 Croydon Bach Choir, London
33 The London Bach Society
34 Manchester Bach Choir
35 Newcastle Bach Choir
36 Northampton Bach Choir
37 Nottingham Bach Choir
38 Oxford Bach Choir
39 Reading Bach Choir
40 Sheffield Bach Society
41 Southport Bach Choir
42 St. Albans Bach Choir
43 Swansea Bach Choir
44 Yorkshire Bach Choir
1 Bach Collegium Japan, Tokio und Kobe
2 The Bachchoir Matsuyma
1 Calgary Bach Society, Alberta
2 Bach Elgar Choir, Hamilton, Ontario
3 Montreal Bach Choir, Québec
4 Ottawa Bach Choir, Ontario
5 Luther Bach Choir, Regina, Saskatchewan
6 Bach Child.'s Chorus & Bach Chamb. Youth Choir, Toronto
7 Vancouver Bach Choir, British Columbia
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1 Riga Bach Choir
1 Bach Choir of Wellington
1 Bach Orchestra of the Netherlands, Amsterdam
2 Nederlandse Bachverenigin, Naarden
1 Oslo Bach Choir
1 Salzburger Bachchor, Salzburg
2 Bach-Chor Wels
3 Bachchor Wien
4 Bachgemeinde Wien
5 Bach Consort, Wien
1 Hermannstädter Bachchor, Hermannstadt
1 Kronstädter Bachchor, Brasow, früher Kronstadt
2 Jekatarinenburg Chamber Orchestra B-A-C-H
1 Stockholm Bach Choir
1 Basler Bach-Chor, Basel
2 Berner Bach-Chor, Bern
3 Choeur J.-S. Bach, Lausanne
4 Internationale Bach-Gesellschaft, Schaffhausen
5 Bachchor St. Gallen
6 Orchester der J.S. Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen
7 Zürcher Bach Chor, Zürich
1 Sociedad Bach, Madrid
1 Johannes Burg Bach Choir
2 Pretoria Bach Choir
1 Chamber Philharmonic Taipei & Bach Choir
1 Bach in Baltimore, MD
2 Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival Alumni Choir, Berea, OH
3 The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, PA
4 Bach Society Orchestra, Harv. Univ., Cambr., Boston, MA
5 Chattanooga Bach Choir, TN
6 Carmel Bach festival, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
7 Dallas Bach Society, TX
8 Bach Society of Dayton, OH
9 Denton Bach Society, TX
10 Bach Children's Choir of Fresno, CA
11 The American Bach Society, Gambler, OH
12 The Bach Chorale of Grand Rapids, MI
13 The Berkshire Bach Society, Great Barrington, MA
14 Bach Festival Choir, Greenville, SC
15 Bach Society Houston, TX
16 Juneau Bach Society, AK
16 Bach Chorale Singers, Lafayette, IN
17 Kentucky Bach Choir, Lexington, KT
18 Louisville Bach Society, KT
20 Miami Bach Society, FL
21 The Bach Chamber Choir, Milwaukee, WI
22 The Yale Bach Society, New Haven, CT
23 The Broadway Bach Orchestra, NY, NY
24 Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, New York, N.Y.
25 The Columbia University Bach Society, NY, NY
26 California Bach Society, Palo Alto, CA
27 Pittsboro Bach Society, NC
28 Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, PA
29 Bach Cantata Choir, Portland, OR
30 Texas Bach Choir, San Antonio, TX
31 The Bach Society of St. Louis, MO
32 Bach Society of Minnesota, St. Paul, MI
33 San Francisco Bach Choir, CA
34 The California Bach Society, San Francisco, CA
35 The New Mexico Bach Society, Santa Fe, NM
36 Seattle Bach Choir, WA
37 Sonoma Bach Choir, CA
38 St. Andrew's Bach Society, Tucson, AZ
39 The Bach Institute at Valparaiso University, IN
40 Bach Festival Society, Winter Park, FL