To make divine things human and human things divine: such is Bach, the greatest, purest moment in music of all time." (Pablo Casals) The Bach Society of Queensland Inc. was formed in 1971 as the dreamchild of Nancy Weir A.O., D.Mus., F.R.A.M., F.Q.C. who became the Society's first patron. The Society is supported by its sponsors and members, many of whom perform with the BSQ community choir. BSQ presents an annual program of four concerts.
The concerts variously feature professional chamber orchestras and vocal soloists, the Conductor's narration and the choir. BSQ also finds opportunities to engage virtuoso and emerging artists to work with the BSQ Music Director to perform the work of J.S Bach, his family, his contemporaries and precursors, including many works seldom performed in Brisbane. The concerts are often performed in locations such as Holy Trinity Church. Each November the BSQ mounts a a performance of Handel's Messiah. A full chamber orchestra, soloists and the BSQ community choir are complemented by other community choristers who rehearse and perform this major choral work in St John's Cathedral Brisbane. The Society welcomes new choristers. The Society rents its concert risers to other choirs. The Society will perform Bach Cantatas at its 16 September concert. Rehearsals for this concert commence on Thursday 7 February 2019 from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m. Concert and rehearsal information and practice aids (midi, mp3) is available on the website and the Bach Society of Queensland Facebook page.