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Month of events to mark Bach’s birthday

Paphos is to be dressed in a German atmosphere under the sounds of Bach as it welcomes the 3rd Bach Birthday Festival. Organised by the Paphos Music Lovers Association, the whole month of March will fill up with concerts, a film screening and a lunch, dedicated to the German composer and musician’s birth on March 31.

The idea to create a festival came to the Association’s president, Andrew Oliver, after a successful Christmas concert at Technopolis 20. After a request for more German-themed concerts, Oliver thought of a one-day Bach birthday party, which later turned into an annual happening.

Growing bigger and better, the 2019 edition will spread out throughout the whole month, making it possible for people to enjoy more concerts.

Kickstarting the festival is an organ recital by Paul Timmins on Monday March 4. “For me,” said Oliver, “the real masterpiece of the festival will be The Brandenburg Concerto Number 5 with musicians from the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra on Saturday March 16”.

Another festival event that stands out is a concert that allows another sector of emerging musicians to take the stage. “I think it is very important to involve young people in classical music,” comments Oliver, “so, they have their very own student concert called The Fun of Bach on Sunday March 17”.

All of the musicians were selected through an open call and while some are local musicians, others are international artists flying in just for the festival.

Among the series of concerts, there will also be a German themed meal; a Bach Birthday Fundraising Lunch with Master Chef George Halkides and Historian Wally Oppenheim, as well as a film screening.

3rd Bach Birthday Festival
A series of concerts, a film screening and a German-themed lunch paying tribute to JS Bach. March 4-March 30. Various venues around Paphos. For more details on all the events and online tickets visit: www.paphosmusiclovers.com

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