The 12th century Round Church
Leo Popplewell
Statue of JS Bach

Bach Cello Suites

We celebrate one of the greatest glories of classical music, JS Bach's set of six suites for solo cello, with performances throughout the day from six outstanding cellists - each playing a different suite. Pop in to hear just one suite (each lasts only 20 - 30 minutes), or come to the whole lot! Why not spend the entire day in and around this tranquil corner of London in the company of Bach? Experience the changing light and mood Temple Church as we journey through this miraculous music, from dawn till dusk. The line-up is, as follows:


9am | Alice Neary | Suite No. 3 in C major
10am | Leo Popplewell | Suite No. 6 in D major

3pm | Ben Tarlton | Suite No. 2 in D minor
4pm | Laura Van Der Heijden | Suite No. 4 in E♭ major

8pm | Pieter Wispelwey | Suite No. 5 in C minor
9pm | Nathaniel Boyd | Suite No. 1 in G Major

Refreshments will be served at each session. Tickets for each suite: £10.  A saver ticket for all six suites: £50.


Temple Tracks: This year marks the 40th anniversary of Paul Tortelier's famous recording of Bach's Cello Suites, made in Temple Church (one of EMI Classics' Great Recordings of the Century).  The building was selected for its acoustic: the 12th century Round Church gives a glow to unaccompanied choral singing and solo instrumental playing alike. Experience that sound for yourself this autumn.

Venue: Temple Church
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"They are the very essence of Bach, and Bach is the essence of music"

Pablo Casals on the Cello Suites


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