“Bach 8000 – young musicians climb the musical Himalayas”

Documentary film on the 2020 Youth Project of the J. S. Bach Foundation

Documentary film on our youth project

From the very outset, our youth project for 2020 was buffeted by headwinds. First the pandemic lockdown made rehearsals impossible, then the Appenzeller Bachtage – the festival for which the brass suite was especially composed – was cancelled. And we had to concede that recording a CD without a festival audience was not the aim of the project.

So we developed a new aim: under the motto of “music is a journey, not a destination”, we set out with our young musicians to explore the difficulties and rewards of playing the spectacular music of Johann Sebastian Bach. With our film release – a portrait of our time together on a common journey – we reached our first summit. It is an achievement that has brought great pleasure to us all.


Trio 1: Nora Hamscho, Maria Luli, Chiara Näf (trumpet)

Trio 2: Cédric Peier, Thomas Roth, Michael Wachter (trumpet)

Quartet: Florian Fort (French horn), Severin Keller (bass trombone), Mike Schönbächler (trumpet), Michael Wachter (trumpet)

Director of the “Knabenmusik” ensemble and trumpet teacher at the Music School of St. Gallen: Michael Wachter

Compositions & Organ: Rudolf Lutz

President of the Foundation Board: Konrad Hummler

Coordination: Anneliese Looser

Film production: Samuel Lutz

Youth development

Sharing the wonder of Bach’s music with the musicians and audiences of tomorrow – a declared aim of the J. S. Bach Foundation.

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