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The Life and Times of J.S. Bach ‘Father of Music’

History; Literature & Arts
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Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 60 mins
  • CAN I WATCH LATER? Yes! Sign-up and we'll email you a recording
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.8 out of 5 Average rating

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

Susan
, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

Margaret
, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

Today, J.S. Bach is considered one of the greatest composers of all time; he has even been called the ‘father of music’. However, this hasn’t always been the case.

Join Claire as she tells the story of this musical titan. Learn how an orphaned child became both a virtuoso instrumentalist, and one of the most prolific and versatile composers in history. We will also explore his legacy, both through his children, and Bach’s influence on generations of musicians and composers – and how J.S Bach’s music was saved from falling into obscurity.

You will not need any musical training or knowledge to enjoy this talk.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (a recording will be available)
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Meet the Host, Claire

Born and raised in Cornwall, Claire came to Cardiff to undertake a music degree at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

She graduated in 2003, with specialisms in recital, ensemble, performance practice, and 19th Century opera; her dissertation subject was Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.

Claire plays the viola in the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she has worked with performers including Brian Blessed and Michael Sheen, and also writes programme notes for the orchestra. For several years she was Principal Viola at the Harlech Orchestral Summer School, where she performed many major orchestral solos.

Claire loves all kinds of music. She plays the violin, ukulele, banjolele, and sings in The Withering Raspberries; ukulele and banjolele in The Ukulele Wolves; and sings in Quaynotes Choir. In 2010 she played viola on the UK top 30 album Dirt by Kids In Glass Houses. She also plays the piano, mandolin, and guitar.

Claire believes passionately that music belongs to everyone, and especially enjoys bringing to life the stories of composers and their works.

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What if I can’t make the event?

If a recording’s available for the event, you can still register for it and we will send you an email with a link to a recording shortly after it ends.

Will my camera be on and will I be visible to the other people?

Your camera and microphone does not need to be on for you to enjoy the event. The choice about whether to do this is completely yours.

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