The Choir School of Delaware is very pleased to announce the first ever Wilmington Bach Festival, a new celebration of the music of Bach right IN downtown Wilmington! The festival will begin with a performance by the Immanuel Bach Consort featuring choral and instrumental works.
The Immanuel Bach Consort (IBC) is a professional early music ensemble resident at Immanuel Church on the Green, in historic New Castle, Delaware. Founded by Gary Harney, IBC focuses on the church cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach, singing from editions prepared especially for the ensemble. It is especially appropriate that such a group be resident at Immanuel, since Bach’s cantatas date from the earliest days of the parish, which was founded in 1689, with the first building begun in 1703.
IBC includes 8 singers, Baroque violin, Baroque flute, Baroque cello, and harpsichord. Programs typically include Bach cantatas which have been reduced for that combination. This approach enhances the chamber quality of many of these works. A key goal of IBC is to provide conductors with editions which present the essence of Bach’s works without requiring the use of the orchestra Bach would have had at his disposal, but which few churches today can employ. The resulting scores are available free of charge for downloading and copying from the IBC website (http://www.immanuelbachconsort.org).