Useful links


1. Melbourne City churches with strong focus on music

St. Johns Southgate
including regular Bach Cantata Services

Scots' Church
Annual International Organ Festival in September, music festivals Easter and Christmas weeks, also Bach Cantata services and more

St Michael's on Collins
Regular lunch time organ recitals on Thursdays and much more

St Paul's Cathedral (partner venue)
Regular lunch time recitals on Wednesdays and much more

Toorak Uniting Church (partner venue)

German Lutheran Trinity Church East Melbourne (partner venue)

2. Various Melbourne choirs and ensembles

Australian Chamber Choir
Founded by its current director, Douglas Lawrence in 2007,

Polyphonic Voices
A chamber choir formed in 2013 under the artistic direction of Michael Fulcher

Melbourne Bach Choir
Formed in 2005 to give an Easter performance of J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion in 2006. Aiming to give singers and audience alike the opportunity to experience live choral music

Early Music Society of Victoria
Established in 1979, it encourages and promotes the performance and enjoyment of mediaeval, renaissance and baroque music

Melbourne Chamber Choir
For over 30 years presenting its own concert series, in addition to performing with orchestras and other choirs, and performing for a variety of special occasions

3. Various Australian choirs and societies related to Bach

Bach Akademie Australia
Artistic Director: Madeleine Easton, Patron: Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Wesley Music Centre, Canberra
Various activities and events related to classical music in Canberra, including J.S. Bach

Canberra Bach Ensemble
Returning in 2016, performing works by J.S. Bach

Bach Society of Queensland Inc.
Founded in 1971 to promote and encourage the performance and study chiefly of the work of J.S. Bach

4. Others

Cut Common
New modern Classical Music website/blog


Leipzig Bach Archive (in English)
Widely recognised as the world's pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship, comprising a research institute, library, museum and an events department. It occupies the historic Bose House complex at St Thomas's Square, opposite the church where J. S. Bach served as cantor for 27 years.

Neue Bachgesellschaft (in English)
With 3,000 members, this organisation has been working for over 100 years to cultivate and propagate the music of J.S. Bach as well as to scientifically research his life, work and lasting influence

Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church, Leipzig) (in English)
Home of the St. Thomas Boys Choir and a place of musical creativity; it is also the final resting place of the famous St. Thomas Cantor, J.S. Bach

Thomanerchor (St. Thomas Boys’ Choir) (in English)
Aside from regular concert tours, frequent appearances in the media and numerous CD recordings, the St Thomas Choir gives three performances each week in Leipzig’s St.Thomas Church and these are a musical highlight, attracting crowds of more than 2,500 people to the Motet every Friday evening and Saturday afternoon; on Sundays, just as in Bach’s lifetime, St Thomas Choir provides the musical setting for the service at this historical site.

Volkers Klassikseiten (in German only)
A blog about the works of J.S. Bach supported by text, audio and video streaming.

Bachhaus Eisenach (in German only)
The museum of the Neue Bachgesellschaft in Eisenach where J.S. bach was born in 1685 and received his first lessons in music, sang in the choir and the local church. The museum houses a large collections of Bach related material.

Weimar Bach Haus (in English)
The city of Weimar is home of the only certified residence of Bach and his family still existing today (formerly also in Leipzig, however demolished in 1904 and newly built upon by a third party). The dilapidated remaining parts above ground of the former Weimar Bach House were demolished during the last winter before the fall of the GDR in 1988. However, the original, Thuringian heritage-protected vaulted cellar and foundations dating from the Renaissance still exist underground. Since 1988, they have been covered by a parking lot. The Bach in Weimar Association was formed to change this situation and lobby for the development of the site.

Bach on Bach (in English)
Comprehensive multi-media internet portal of almost everything about J.S. Bach

Bach Streaming (J.S. Bach Foundation Switzerland) (in English)
Over 60 high-definition cantata recordings now available as streaming service; different subscription packages on offer

Rondeau Production (in English)
Online store of choral music. The largest selection of ‘Thomaner’ recordings and sacred music by Germany’s leading ensembles.


BBC Radio: Discovering Bach
Listen to programs examining the life and works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

London Bach Society
The U.K.'s premier Bach Society. Founded 1946.

J.S. Bach (in English)
Huge repository on J.S. Bach, his life, complete works and much more

Bach Cantatas Website (in English)
A comprehensive site covering all aspects of J.S. Bach’s cantatas and his other vocal works and many of his instrumental works.

Emmanuel Music (in English)
Motet and liturgical works, notes and translations