The Melbourne Bach Choir (MBC) was formed in 2005 to perform an Easter 2006 concert of JS Bach’s magnificent St Matthew Passion.
The choir has continued to present regular performances of the JS Bach Passions since then, as well as performing a wide variety of other choral music, both large and small scale. The choir presented an Australian premiere performance of CPE Bach’s 1777 St Matthew Passion H790 at the 3MBS Bach Marathon in 2018.
The MBC draws on singers from Melbourne’s extensive choral community. The choir is committed to the pursuit of excellence in choral performance, to supporting music education and to donating to community aid and charity organizations.
The MBC marked its tenth anniversary in year 2016 with the formation of a chamber choir and a new scholarship programme for young choristers, both of which continue to flourish in conjunction with the larger choir. A Henkell conducting scholarship has now been added to the programme.