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Interview with Jaap Schröder

January 2020 – News

Jaap Schröder died on 1 January 2020, the day after his 94th birthday (he was born on 31 December 1925). Jaap was my godfather and my teacher on ‘modern’ violin during my studies at the Amsterdam Conservatoire in the 1970s. Our families lived on either side of the Vondelpark in Amsterdam. Jaap had a French wife – Agnès – and so did my father Frans Moonen, who was also a musician. Both couples had families of three girls. Some of us went to the same secondary school, the Spinoza Lyceum. We have always stayed in touch. Nicolette Moonen

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The Bach Players’ musical offering – questions and answers

October 2018 – News

Ahead of our Musical Offering concert at St John’s Smith Square, Sean Morris from St John’s conducted an interview with Nicolette Moonen. We give the transcript here.

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Index to our recordings

November 2017 – News

We have compiled this index to the music and the musicians on our Hyphen Press Music CDs. The series of 12 CDs is now complete and can be bought as a set, for a special price, here.

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The Bach Players in north London: an anniversary retrospective

September 2017 – News

This article by Robin Kinross was published in September 2017 in the journal of the Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution.

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The Bach Players at 20 in Early Music Today

September 2017 – News

We are the subject of a very nice article by Adrian Horsewood in the latest issue of Early Music Today (September–November 2017). This is not online, so we show its pages here.

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Christmas concert in Baarn

December 2016 – News

We played our Christmas concert last Saturday to a full and enthusiastic audience at the Paaskerk in Baarn. For the invitation and the organization: very warm thanks to the phenomenal Kees Koudstaal.

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‘Bach’s library’ at Kenardington

November 2015 – News

Last Saturday evening we played the opening concert of a new venture, Saxon Shore Early Music. St Mary’s Church, Kenardington, at the edge of Romney Marsh in Kent, is a wonderful place for chamber music – we were privileged to be the first musicians to play in this series.

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‘Bach and before’ at St John’s Downshire Hill

November 2015 – News

We have been wrapping up our ‘Bach and before’ project – concerts in Norwich and London, and then last week the recording sessions for what will be a CD of the music. We had an enthusiastic reception at both concerts, with probably our largest ever audience numbers in these two churches. The photographs taken from the gallery at St John’s Downshire Hill may suggest something of the atmosphere at this outstanding venue.

Sixteen years ago

November 2015 – News

We recently rediscovered this photo of the early Bach Players, at St John’s Wood Parish Church, London, in November 1999.

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Jennifer Ward Clarke in conversation

June 2015 – News

Jennifer Ward Clarke – but we can only think of her as Jenny – was a friend and colleague. She was one of the first generation of Baroque players in Britain; at the same time she was a long-term member of the groups that performed new music in this country. Her life and musical career are well described in the obituary by her colleague Duncan Druce.

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