13 May 2013: 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.
6 February 2013: 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.
10 April 2012: BNUK welcomes Bettina Varwig onto the Advisory Council.
1July 2011: An updated veresion of the programme for the Fifth J. S. Bach Dialogue Meeting in Edinburgh next month is now online.
1 May 2011: Registration information and a provisional programme for the Fifth J. S. Bach Dialogue Meeting is now available.
14 April 2011: It is with sadness that we note the passing of the great Bach scholar Alfred Dürr. his legacy of Neue Bach Ausgabe publications will stand for many years, but above all it is his generous style and quiet authority that those of us privileged to befriend him will remember.
31 March 2011: Understanding Bach Volume 5 can be read under the Journal UB 5 tab or by clicking here .
15 September 2010: A statutory Trustees Meeting and the first meeting of the Advisory Council was held in London on 15 September 2010. A policy document for Understanding Bach was approved unanimously, as was the new model for our research activities, Dialogue Study Groups (DSG). Detailed planning for the cultural and academic content of the fifth Dialogue Meeting, to be held in Edinburgh 12-14 August 2011, is now well underway.
22 November 2009: Understanding Bach Volume 4 can be read under the Journal UB 4 tab or by clicking here.
29 January 2009: Call for papers for the Society for Music Analysis Spring Study Day to be held at the University of Glasgow 24-25 april 2009 on the subject of Bach's passions. Keynote speakers will be John Butt, Laurence Dreyfus and Daniel Melamed. Full details can be found here.
11 September 2008: The Fourth J.S.Bach Dialogue Meeting will be held across the weekend of Saturday 3-Sunday 4 January 2009 in Oxford. For further details, please refer to the draft programme. The registration form is also available for download.
30 June 2008: This week five doctoral students who spoke at the Third Dialogue Meeting and who published in UB3, together with Yo Tomita and Ruth Tatlow, will be presenting papers in three BNUK sessions at the Thirteenth Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music in Leeds.
4 April 2008: Understanding Bach Volume 3 can be read under the Journal UB 3 tab or by clicking here.
20 January 2008: A report of the Third J.S.Bach Dialogue Meeting can be read under the Dialogue 2008 tab or by clicking here. The report will also appear in Understanding Bach, 3, which is due to be published in April.
15 October 2007: From 1-5 November the Trustees of BNUK will be in Belfast actively participating in the International Symposium Understanding Bach's B-minor Mass organised in association with The Society of Musicology in Ireland and BNUK. It is still not too late to register and we encourage members of BNUK to join us there. Friends of BNUK will receive a £30 discount on the registration fee before Wednesday 17 October.
6 October 2007: It is with great sadness to have to report that our great friend, colleague and active member of BNUK Anne Leahy passed away yesterday. The International Symposium "Understanding Bach's B-minor Mass" (2-4 November 2007) in Belfast was originally Anne's idea. Appropriately the performance of the B-minor Mass on 4 November will be in her memory and in thanksgiving for her life. She will be deeply missed.
4 September 2007: Katie Pardee and Yo Tomita have been appointed to organise the 3rd Dialogue meeting to be held on 5-6 January 2008 in Oxford.
The main focus of this meeting will be the nineteenth-century reception of J. S. Bach and his music, though other research areas will also be addressed. In addition to papers, there will be performances of Bach's music as it might have been heard during the nineteenth century in England. There will also be several open forum discussions on other cutting-edge issues, including our own research groups "Music and Text" and "Bach Reception in the 19th century".
We are delighted that the confirmed guest speakers include Christoph Wolff, Richard Jones, Peter Wollny and Ruth HaCohen. There are still a few vacant slots for papers on any topic related to Bach. If you have a suitable paper (duration: 20 mins), we would be delighted to receive either an abstract or fully-written paper as soon as possible. We will close the call as soon as we have a good line-up, so please let us know if you are interested at the earliest opportunity.
15 August 2007: Trustees meeting in Oxford at which several new policy decisions were made: 1) All volumes of Understanding Bach are now on open access, 2) On-line discussions will remain on a reserved area of the website for Members and Friends of BNUK and 3) an area has been reserved on the website for members' news. We hope the more open facilities will continue to attract readers of the site to become members and an increased number to become Friends of BNUK.
11 April 2007: A new website, a new membership system and the second volume of Understanding Bach. Please become a member and enjoy Understanding Bach and the on-line debates.