The B minor Mass by J.S.Bach in Cologne / Germany 2023

Cologne, St.Agnes, monday may 29th, 3pm

Your can still join in as a singer or instrumentalist!


Why Music for Peace?

"Music for Peace and International Understanding" is dedicated to the idea that music can bring about peace in individuals, as well as between groups and peoples. We promote concerts on an international level that contribute to peace and international understanding and, at the same time, deepen and facilitate interpersonal, intercultural and interreligious encounters.

The project: Bach meets Ney Flute

Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B minor BWV232 is one of the most moving and important works in Western cultural history. A cathedral of music, non-denominational in its structure. The performance on Whit Monday 2023 in St.Agnes in Cologne will be presented by the international Music for Peace Choir & Orchestra, which is made up of professional musicians and amateurs.

The music of the mass is framed by the sounds of the Persian ney flute, creating a musical encounter between the Orient and the Occident. Cultural contrasts are suitable to complement each other and to create a new whole in this complement. The ney flute – a reed flute – has been played in Persian and Turkish cultures for over 5000 years. The Ney flute player travels from Iran for the musical encounter “Bach meets Ney Flute”.


Almost all participants play music free of charge, just for the joy of music and the connection that arises from the joint project. Nevertheless, such a concert project involves costs in the five-figure range. We therefore ask for financial support of this project and hope that many people will express their appreciation for our cause with a small donation. Of course, we can disclose the total budget on request and also issue a donation receipt. On behalf of all contributors, we would like to thank you very much for any support!


Bank account for your donation:


Musik für Frieden und Völkerverständigung e.V.

Purpose: "Donation Bach meets Ney Köln 2023"


IBAN: DE04 4306 0967 7045 6716 00

Further rehearsals:

Bad Homburg, Jugendherberge       18.-21.may 2023 (detailed infos and registration see below)

Köln, St.Agnes                                         26.-29.Mai 2023 (detailed infos and registration see below)


If you are an experienced singer or instrumentalist, you can still join in!

Info & Registration Bad Homburg 18.-21.may
Info and registration Bad Homburg 18.-21
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 76.9 KB
Registration Concert Cologne
Registration Cologne concert_EN.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Dokument 67.7 KB
Time schedule rehearsals & concert Cologne 27.-29.may
Time schedule Cologne may 27-29.pdf
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 Complete recordings are available here for all choral singers to practice their own voice! Bass, tenor, alto and soprano were sung here in the original register by Maarten van Leer. Click on the respective link:


Bach Messe h-moll Sopran 1    Bach Messe h-moll Sopran 2    Bach Messe h-moll Alt 1&2   Bach Messe h-moll Tenor 1&2     Bach Messe h-moll Bass 1&2