St John's Church, Waterloo

Saturday 19th June 2021, 7.30pm

A selection of masterpieces by J.S. Bach, performed on period instruments.

Horatio Clare host/narrator

Gabriella Noble soprano

John Warner conductor

Health and Safety note: social distancing measures will be in place at all times and regular sanitation of the space will be taking place to ensure the safety of ticket holders and staff members. Multiple sanitation stations will be available in place around the event site. Masks must be worn at all times. For more information, please visit the Waterloo Festival website.

Join OFE for our first live concert of 2021, a spellbinding evening of music and spoken word. Celebrated author Horatio Clare narrates the journey that was a turning point in the life of the young J.S. Bach, illustrated by his chosen musical favourites.

In the winter of 1705, then only 20 years-old and unknown as a composer, Bach set off on a 250-mile walk Arnstadt to Lübeck to hear his musical idol, Dietrich Buxtehude, play the organ. Three centuries on, Horatio Clare retraced this iconic journey, following Bach's footsteps and rediscovering profound connection with the landscape, light, and wildlife Bach might've seen along the way. Not only is it an enchanting trip down country lanes, through forests and across mountains, but also a spiritual pilgrimage. A master story-teller, Clare explores the effect these surroundings might have had on the composer and his music, retelling Bach's psychological progression from a young teacher with a reputation for drinking, intolerance, and fighting, to becoming a the greatest the composer the world had ever seen.

The concert will last approximately 75 minutes with no interval. 

Bach, Nature and the Mind

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King's Place, London

Thursday 26th November 2020, 8pm

MAHLER Symphony No. 9
(80 mins, no interval)

John Warner conductor

‘It is the expression of tremendous love for this Earth, the longing to live upon it in peace, to enjoy nature to its greatest depths…’ (Alban Berg on Mahler’s Ninth Symphony)

Experience Mahler's masterpiece like never before, in a chamber arrangement that is as intimate as it is visceral, performed under breathtaking images of Alpine glaciers. 

The natural world that Mahler adored, and that his Ninth Symphony conjures up so beautifully, is under greater threat now than ever before. The Alps have already undergone dramatic changes since Mahler's lifetime, none more apparent than the retreat of glaciers. The science shows that without dramatic and immediate action to de-carbonise, Alpine glaciers will shrink by 95% by the end of the century. Join us for a unique performance of Mahler's masterpiece, and learn how we can avert the crisis we all face.

Mahler 9: can we save Europe's glaciers?