Bachfest Malaysia

LanguageEnglish, Mandarin


TagsClassical, Solo, Concert, Orchestra, Choir



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Duration: 105 minutes without intermission
Doors Open: 45 minutes before the show
Seating: Free Seating
Recommended for: 6 years old and above

Renowned American conductor and pedagogue Prof. Dr. William Weinert from the Eastman School of Music in New York will lead the award-winning Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra, along with masterclass participants in the upcoming one-night-only performance.




Aug 2024

8:00PM (GMT+8)


The Creation is an oratorio by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), written for soloists, choir, and a large Classical orchestra to vividly depict the creation story according to the Book of Genesis. Ever since its premiere in 1798, this masterpiece has been celebrated worldwide to this day. The last performance of this work in Malaysia was in 2013.

Renowned American conductor and pedagogue Prof. Dr. William Weinert from the Eastman School of Music in New York will lead the award-winning Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra, along with masterclass participants in the upcoming one-night-only performance on Wednesday, August 7, 8:00pm, at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.

Guests could join us only for the concert performance, or obtain an “observer” pass for special access to a series of open rehearsals, conducting masterclass and workshops, as well as a special discovery lecture by Prof. Dr. David Chin.





Chia Yee Yean, Soprano Solo
Okawa Tan, Tenor Solo
Caleb Woo, Baritone Solo

Malaysia Bach Festival Singers & Orchestra and Masterclass Scholars

William Weinert, Conductor
David Chin, Lecturer

謝依燕     女高音獨唱
陳大川     男高音獨唱
胡永正     男中音獨唱


威廉·韋納特 指揮
陳子虔      講師

**Special Observer Pass
One regular concert ticket + access to conducting masterclass and rehearsals as an observer.

Aug 3 (Sat) (without Orchestra)
13:00-15:30     Choral Workshop / Conducting Masterclass I with Dr. Chin
16:00-18:00     Choral Workshop / Conducting Masterclass II with Dr. Weinert

Aug 4 (Sun)    (with Orchestra)
13:30- 15:30    Conducting Masterclass III with Dr. Weinert
16:00-18:00     Conducting Masterclass IV with Dr. Weinert
19:30-21:30     Discovery Lecture with Dr. Chin

Aug 5 (Mon)   (with Orchestra)
10:00-12:00     Vocal Masterclass with Prof. Woo
14:00-17:00     Conducting Masterclass V with Dr. Weinert & Dr. Chin
19:00-22:00     Tutti Rehearsal I with Dr. Weinert

Aug 6 (Tues)   (with Orchestra)
14:00-17:00     Tutti Rehearsal II with Dr. Weinert
19:00-22:00     Conducting Masterclass VI (Video Recording)

Aug 7 (Wed)    Concert Day
14:00-17:00     Tutti Rehearsal III with Dr. Weinert
17:00-19:00     Catered Dinner 
19:30-20:00     Pre-concert Talk
20:00-22:00     Concert

About Bachfest Malaysia

Bachfest Malaysia was founded by Artistic Director David Chin in 2015. Its inaugural performance was the Malaysian premiere of St. John Passion by the Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra. Since then, they have performed Mass in B minor, St. Matthew Passion, numerous cantatas, motets, and instrumental works by Johann Sebastian Bach. They recently performed several Bach cantatas and motets at the St. Thomas Church during the renowned international Bachfest Leipzig in Germany, and received raving reviews and extended standing ovation. The Leipziger Volkszeitung described their performance as “lively, very modern, very self-confident… delicate, immaculately intoned, clearly articulated, smoothly phrased and as intelligent as it is boldly dynamic… a first-class concert”. They also performed at the St. George’s Church in Eisenach and the Bach Church in Arnstadt.

In their home country, the Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra have performed in Kuala Lumpur, Muar, George Town, Sibu, Bintulu, and Kota Kinabalu. Their performances of Bach's music have been repeatedly recognized at the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards, winning "Best of 2019" and "Best Choral Ensemble Performance" for St. Matthew Passion in 2020, and "Best Ensemble Performance" for "Prelude" from Orchestral Suite in C in 2019. That same year, David Chin's performance of Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in D major also received "Best Solo Instrumental Performance”.

Bachfest Malaysia has been creating excellent music-making opportunities for young local talents. Malaysia Bach Festival Singers and Orchestra consists some of the best musicians in the country, which include leaders and principals from prominent ensembles such as the National Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Virama, Young Choral Academy, KL City Opera, Wicked Music People, VerSes, YinQi Choir, Klpac Orchestra, to name a few. Apart from the music of J.S. Bach, they have also performed works by composers such as Byrd, Victoria, Mozart, Vaughan Williams, and Dan Forrest, as well as a new commission by Malaysian composer Caeleb Tee.

Bachfest Malaysia is dedicated to:​

· Connecting people through quality music
· Promoting music of J.S. Bach and other great composers in Malaysia and beyond.
· Creating excellent music-making opportunities for young local talents.
· Making Bach’s music accessible to all through performance and education.
· Collaborating with various organizations in creative and innovative projects.

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