4 - 13 July
William Whitehead organ
In 1705, the 20 year old Johann Sebastian Bach walked 250 miles each way from Arnstadt to Lübeck to meet the great organist and composer, Dieterich Buxtehude. We commemorate this with our annual Bach Walk to which will take place as usual on Tuesday 10 July (click here). This year we are celebrating the completion of Bach’s Orgelbüchlein (“Little Organ Book”) with a Big Bach Walk from Towcester in the south west of Northamptonshire to Peterborough Cathedral, a distance of over 50 miles. Over 10 days, the organist and curator of The Orgelbüchlein Project, William Whitehead, will walk along the Nene Valley playing 45 minute concerts, shared with local musicians, at each of his stopping points.
The Orgelbüchlein Project is a major international composition project to complete Bach’s intended work. His manuscript had 118 missing pieces. Composers from around the world have fi lled these gaps with pieces based on Bach’s intended melody.
You are invited to join William on all or part of his journey (full details including route and starting/stopping points will be published at a later date) or simply turn up and enjoy a free featuring Bach’s own compositions from the Orgelbüchlein and a selection of the new pieces, including three world premieres commissioned by the Oundle International Festival.
|Wed 4th July||1.00pm||St Lawrence Church, Chantry Lane, Towcester NN12 6YY|
|Thur 5th July||1.10pm||All Saints Church, George Row, Northampton NN1 1DF|
|Sat 7th July||4.00pm||St Mary’s Church, Church Hill, Finedon NN9 5NR|
|Mon 9th July||4.00pm||St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Titchmarsh NN14 3DB|
|Tues 10th July||St Andrew’s Church, Cotterstock / Oundle School Chapel
(The annual Bach Walk - click HERE for more info)
|Wed 11th July||4.00pm||St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Warmington PE8 6TE|
|Fri 13th July||3.00pm|
The Orgelbüchlein Project runs in Partnership with the European Commission Representation for the UK.