Named after the Zimmermannsches Kaffeehaus in Leipzig where Bach performed in the early 1700s, the Zimmermann Band is an ambitious ensemble founded by Chris Jeanes in 2018 specialising in music of J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel, their contemporaries and musical forbears.
Past performances have included Handel’s Acis and Galatea (1718), Esther (1720), Messiah; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; Carissimi's Historia de Jephte; Vivaldi’s Nisi Dominus; and a reconstruction of Compline under the Sarum rite. Full details may be found on our Past Performances page.
ZB’s raison d'être is to perform the works of J.S. Bach: in Easter 2021, we released a number of videos of Bach, including his Easter cantata, Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4), which have been viewed more than 40,000 times. Another Bach video is imminent, as well as some Purcell, Handel, Monteverdi, and Vivaldi.
In February 2023, it will be 300 years since J.S. Bach becoming Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, where he wrote the great Cantata cycles, passions, and oratorios. ZB will be following Bach’s journey by performing as many of these cantatas on or close to their anniversaries. The series will commence on 08 February 2023 with the audition cantatas, BWV 22 and 23 which premiered on 07 February 1723. 2023 alone will feature a minimum of 11 cantatas, the Sanctus in D, and the Magnificat (BWV 243A).