5.9.-3.10. 2024

© Wencke Lieber

Bach by Bike has been organising musical bike tours along the places where Johann Sebastian Bach lived and worked for 10 years. The Bach by Bike Ensemble is made up of the Bach by Bike founders Mareike Neumann, violin, and Anna-Luise Oppelt, mezzo-soprano. The two got to know each other during their joint music studies at the Detmold Academy of Music. Depending on the programme, the ensemble performs in an expanded formation.

Repertoire from early to contemporary music is performed in unusual, colourful instrumentations. The Bach by Bike Ensemble aims to connect (baroque) music in a lively, creative and sustainable way with the present day and the performance venue. It moderates its concerts and opens up »unheard« places with music. Audiences are encouraged to travel to the concerts sustainably when possible, for example by bicycle.

A speciality of the Bach by Bike Ensemble is the improvisation, e.g. at the beginning of the concert, with which it explores the concert space, introduces the thematic sounds of the programme and surrounds the audience with sound from all sides if possible. During the concert, the ensemble also likes to change positions in order to include the space and enable a variety of sound experiences.

In 2021, the ensemble gave a guest performance in the footsteps of Johann Sebastian Bach at the Brandenburg Cultural Festival in the Friedenskirche Potsdam. In 2022, the Bach by Bike Ensemble performed at the Georgenkirche in Eisenach, the WESERFESTSPIELEN in Bremen Cathedral as well as in Bückeburg and Minden, at the MDR Music Summer in Weimar and at the Köthen Bach Festival Days. In September 2022 Bach by Bike staged the concert »Angenehmes Wiederau«, at which the cantata BWV 30/1 was performed at the original venue, as well as a revival of a cantata by Georg Philipp Telemann, sponsored by Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik e. V. In 2023 the ensemble made a guest appearance at the bicycle concert of the Potsdam Sanssouci Music Festival. Further concerts in Hanover and at the Bach Museum Leipzig will follow in the summer of 2023. In 2024, bicycle concert days are planned in cooperation with the Music Festival ION in Nuremberg and with the Beethovenfest Bonn.

Bach by Bike was awarded the international Music Cities Award in the category Best Use of Tourism to Drive Music in 2021 and the OPUS KLASSIK Innovation Award for Sustainability in 2022.

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