Activities of the International Ernest Bloch Society


Recent and Upcoming Bloch Performances and Events: the most recent and upcoming are at the top of the page.

If you would like a Bloch event listed here, please send the details in the following order to We will need from you: Date: month, year, day and time/ Name of event/ Artists/ Short description/ Venue (incl full address)/ booking details/ Website (if applicable)


November 2019 and 2020

Ernest Bloch, Solo cello suites and cello and piano works

Czech Cellist Frantisek Brikcius, will perform Bloch’s Solo Cello Suites and his cello and piano compositions in 2019 (the 60th anniversary of the death of Ernest Bloch) and 2020 (the 140th anniversary of the birth of Ernest Bloch) at the 4th and 5th BACH FESTIVALS in GERS in France and at the Chamber Music Concert Series in Prague - the FESTIVAL BRIKCIUS


September 2019, Wednesday 25, 7.30pm

Ernest Bloch/Rebecca Clarke competition

Raphael Wallfisch, cello John York, piano
The programme centres around the Ernest Bloch/Rebecca Clarke competition for a viola piece that took place exactly 100 years previously. Raphael Wallfisch will perform the Ernest Bloch’s winning work, the 1919 viola suite, on the cello
Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 2BP, 020 7935 2141


April 2019, Saturday 27, 8.00pm

Ernest Bloch, Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh)

The Georgetown Chorale conducted by Dr Richard Giarusso Sung in Hebrew and English, the Sacred Service stands as one of the most exceptional examples of Jewish liturgical choral music of the last century. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St NW, Washington, DC


March 2019, Saturday 16, 7.15pm

Ernest Bloch, Symphony for Trombone and Orchestra

Isle of White Symphony Orchestra, Peter Moore (trombone)
Concert features Bloch’s Symphony for Trombone (or Cello) and Orchestra. This may well be a UK premiere performance of this work for Trombone. Concert includes Copland, An Outdoor Overture; De Falla, Ritual Fire dance; and Elgar Symphony no 1
Medina Theatre, Isle of Wight



December 2018, Friday 7, 7.30pm

Ernest Bloch: Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra

Natalie Clein cello
Opole Philharmonic Orchestra
Opole, Poland


December 2018, Saturday 1, 7.30pm

Ernest Bloch: Two Last Poems (Maybe)

Anna Bell, (flute)
Thames Philharmonia

Concert features Bloch’s Two Last Poems (Maybe) for solo flute and orchestra (1958). Soloist Anna Bell. This is almost the last composition that Bloch ever wrote.
The concert also includes Beethoven’s Overture Leonora No 1, Beethoven’s violin Concerto and Saint-Saens’ Symphony no 2.
Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington


November 2018, Saturday 24, 7.30pm

Ernest Bloch: Concertino for Flute and Clarinet

St Derek Benton (flute) and Andrew Keck (clarinet)
West London Sinfonia

Concert features Bloch's Concertino for Flute and Clarinet, featuring two of WLS outstanding soloists, Derek Benton (flute) and Andrew Keck (clarinet) The concert also includes Brahms’ Violin Concerto and Stravinsky’s Petrushka
Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park, London W4 1TT
More details and flyer with booking information West London Sinfonia


November 2018, Saturday 10, 7.30pm

Voices of Kristallnacht

Simon Wallfisch baritone
Norbert Meyn tenor
Gemma Rosefield cello
Danny Driver piano
Christopher Gould piano
Martin Behrman actor

Music and words marking the 80th anniversary of the pogroms, curated by Shirli Gilbert, Professor of Modern History at the University of Southampton. The programme will include unfamiliar gems by German-Jewish composers as well as witness testimonies, alongside Ernest Bloch, From Jewish life: Prayer; Robert Kahn, songs, three cello pieces op 25 tagebuch in tönen (solo piano); Max Kowalski English songs: Karl Rankl songs; Max Bruch Kol Nidre

St John’s Downshire Hill, Hampstead NW3 (Part of the Hampstead Arts Festival).
Further information incl. Booking Link


November 2018, Thursday 8, 7.30pm

Ernest Bloch Vidui and Nigun

Raphael Wallfisch cello
Dresden Philharmonic, conductor: Michael Sanderling


October 2018

Ernest Bloch: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra

Raphael Wallfisch cello
BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Lukas Borowicz

This is the first recording of this work in the cello version. The alternative version that Bloch wrote is for trombone – see a performance of this on the Isle of Wight on 16 March 2019.


September 2018, Sunday 23, 11:30am

Ernest Bloch: Suite ‘From Jewish Life’ and Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello

Natalie Clein cello
Yeol Eum Son piano

Wigmore Hall, London


September 2018, Saturday 1, 7.15pm

Ernest Bloch Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello

Natalie Clein cello
St Nicholas’ Church, Studland


August 2018, Friday 31, 11:00am

Ernest Bloch Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello

Natalie Clein cello
St. Nicholas’ Church, Studland


August 2018, Monday 27, 7:15pm

Ernest Bloch: Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra

Natalie Clein cello
Gieβen Symphony orchestra

Concert includes works by Bach and Zemlinsky
Stadttheater, Giessen, Germany


July 2018, Sunday 8, 3.00pm

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and the liberation of Auschwitz

Director, John Gilhooly felt compelled to invite Anita Lasker-Wallfisch to Wigmore Hall, London following her recent address to the Bundestag, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. For this event, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch – a survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen – describes her life story and the importance of learning from one of history’s darkest chapters. She is joined on stage by her son, the acclaimed cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the pianist John York, for music by Bloch, Ravel and Korngold. You can see a live stream here: You Tube
Wigmore Hall, London




September 11, 2017 Launch as SOAS of Ernest Bloch Studies edited by Alexander Knapp and Norman Solomon, published by Cambridge University Press. Miriam Kramer performs. To see and buy the book visit Amazon here.


November 2014 ‘Out of the Wilderness’ Natalie Clein, Rivka Golani and Raphael Wallfisch talk about and play Ernest Bloch Royal College of Music. Read More. or see flyer.

September 2014 Presidents Recital, Steven Isserlis cello at 22 Mansfield Place


July 2012 Ernest Bloch music competition finals Royal College of Music


July 2011 Ernest Bloch music competition finals Royal College of Music


July 2010 Ernest Bloch music competition finals Royal College of Music


November 2009 Bloch Prizewinners Concert Purcell Room

July 2009 Ernest Bloch music competition finals Royal College of Music

July 2009 Click here to read about the Remembering Ernest Bloch week

July 2009 IEBS Concert Wigmore Hall Jack Liebeck violin, Bengt Forsberg piano

April 2009 IEBS Chamber Concert Wigmore Hall Goldner Quartet, Piers Lane piano

March 2009 Bloch’s only Opera Macbeth Bloomsbury Theatre UCL

February 2009 Bloch’s Sacred Service Roehampton University Music Society


July 2008 The launch of the International Ernest Bloch Society. Read more

November 2008 Julian Jacobson’s review of Malcolm Troup’s piano recital at St James’ Piccadilly


July 2007 Ernest Bloch International Conference at Cambridge University including report by Malcolm Miller

July 2007 Complete programme notes for the Chamber Recital in the Fitzwilliam College Chapel 2007 at the 2007 Bloch conference.

July 2007.Dalia Atlas conducts the RPO in a London revival of Bloch’s C Sharp Minor Symphony. Review by Malcolm Miller



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