Founded in 2011, the Australian Bach Society's mission is to cultivate and disseminate a local appreciation of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, his family and contemporaries, as well as sacred/classical music in general, by arranging performances, lectures and other activities. From 2019, the Society will no longer be an incorporated association and will continue as an online presence only through our Facebook page. Please visit to see future Bach-related events in Melbourne and Australia!

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2018 impressions
Left: Consort of Melbourne, St John’s Bach Orchestra; right: Graham Abbott and Robert Macfarlane

We are excited to introduce Thomas Bell (photo right) as our new president, and Robert Macfarlane (left) as the ABS' first Artistic Director for 2018. Thomas and Robert bring a wealth of experience to the ABS, and we look forward to the future of the organisation under their leadership. We also thank Hans Schroeder from the bottom of our hearts, not only as outgoing president, but also as the founder of the ABS. His tireless efforts have been appreciated by audiences and musicians alike, and we wish him all the very best in his future endeavours.

And the winner is...

Thrilled to introduce a big talent to Bach Society audiences: Marcus Michelson, winner of the Bach Society prize at the 2018 Melbourne Recital Centre Bach Competition, pictured here with ABS Artistic Director Robert Macfarlane. (Photo by Dan Aulsebrook)

The 2018 Bach Competition was recorded for Facebook Live. View list of 2018 winners here.

Musical highlights
ABS aims to offer appealing concert programs with musicians from Australia and abroad. We endeavour to support talented young musicians performing works by J.S. Bach and other classical/sacred music. Enjoy a small selection of the many highlights over the years! Details of the clips shown here can be found here.