Understanding Bach 10 (2015)

We are delighted to announce publication of the tenth volume of our open-access peer-reviewed journal today, 21 March 2015. With its ten articles—six full articles, three reports, and a current concerns analysis—this celebratory volume celebrates the tenth anniversary of Understanding Bach, as well as Bach’s 330th birthday. The material from these pieces originates from papers presented at our Dialogue meetings and at the Biennial International Conference for Baroque Music.


20th March 2015

Dates for the Dialogue meeting 2015

Our seventh J. S. Bach Dialogue Meeting will be held at Madingley Hall, Cambridge from Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 July 2015. Registration and booking is now open. Please click  here


22nd April 2014

Understanding Bach 9

We are delighted to announce publication of the ninth volume of our open-access peer-reviewed journal today, 21 March 2014. The volume contains an editorial, four full articles, two research reports and two reports from doctoral students, reflecting a sample of the material presented and discussed at our Dialogue Meeting in Warsaw last summer.


21st March 2014

New Bach Network UK website

It is a great pleasure to be publishing the new Bach Network website. Our first website, and our much-loved logo, went live in 2004. By 2006 we had a matching logo for Understanding Bach and in 2007 our second website was introduced together with the BNUK favicon. The content of this third website more accurately reflects the focus of our current activities, and importantly can be read on all devices. As before we have no formal membership, but through the Join Bach Network signup, you will be kept informed of our activities about three times per year. We hope you enjoy exploring the site.


5th March 2014

LBS Bach Day

For those in London on Saturday 2 November 2013, the London Bach Society is organising an exciting Bach Day ‘Around and About the St Matthew Passion’, 11–3.30, featuring two BNUK council members, Dr Katharine Pardee on Nineteenth Century Reception in England, and Dr Bettina Varwig on Bach in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries. To book call +44 1883 717372. Cost £10. Students free with ID


8th October 2013

Ali Dunlop

Bach Network UK is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and colleague Ali Dunlop on 18 July. Our thoughts are with her parents at this time. Ali participated in several Dialogue meetings, helped coordinate the ICBM Belfast in 2010, and contributed an article to the Young Scholars’ Forum in Understanding Bach 3 (2008). She will be greatly missed.


29th July 2013

Dalia Cohen

It is with sadness that we recently heard that Professor Dalia Cohen passed away. A greatly influential Israeli musicologist, Dalia Cohen was also an energetic contributor to several BNUK Dialogue meetings. We were honoured to have her comments at the Meetings, and an article in Understanding Bach Volume 3 that was originally given at a Dialogue meeting.


3rd May 2013

Yoshitake Koboyashi

It is with sadness that we note the passing of an influential Japanese Bach scholar, Yoshitake Kobayashi, on 26 January 2013. A student of Alfred Dürr, Kobayashi continued Dürr’s work, to produce scholarship that has become the definitive reference for Bach scholars. His legacy includes the chronology of Bach’s late works and a catalogue of Bach’s copyists. He leaves a widow, Kirsten Beißwenger, to whom we express our deepest sympathy.


6th February 2013

New Advisory Council member

Bach Network UK welcomes Bettina Varwig onto its Advisory Council.


10th April 2012

Fifth Dialogue meeting programme

An updated version of the programme for the Fifth J. S. Bach Dialogue Meeting in Edinburgh next month is now online.


1st July 2011

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