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Ifor Jones (Conductor)

Born: Wales, UK

The Welsh-born musician, organist, Ifor Jones, was professor at Rutgers University, before becoming the the third Conductor of The Bethlehem Bach Choir in 1939.

Several milestones along his 30-year sevice in this post:

1942

Gretchen Wolle presents Bach editions, used by her father, to Lehigh University. A plaque honoring J. Fred Wolle is placed in Packer Memorial Church.

1943

Saturday morning concerts are added to the festivals.
Dr. William Estes, Jr. is elected 6th President of The Bethlehem Bach Choir.

1947

An estimated 9,200 people attend a performance of The Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Ifor Jones conducts The Bethlehem Bach Choir and members of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

1948

The Bethlehem Bach Choir records Cantata BWV 78 for Victor Records (or c1946 according to more recent info).

1949

A second weekend is added to the Bethlehem Bach Festival.

1957

The 50th Bethlehem Bach Festival is held. Ifor Jones opens the Thursday evening rehearsal to the community.

1959

The Bach Festival Orchestra premieres at the May Festival, replacing the Philadelphia Orchestra.

1961

Elmer L. Mack becomes the 7th Choir President.

1962

The 55th Bethlehem Bach Festival is dedicated to Albert Schweitzer, with a letter from Schweitzer printed in the program.

1965

The Bethlehem Bach Choir is invited to sing at the International Choral Festival in October, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Handel and Haydn Society in Symphony Hall, Boston.
Charles H. Wiekel is elected 8th President of The Choir.

1969

The Hon. Carleton T. Woodring becomes The Choir's 9th President.
Alfred Mann, Professor of Music at Rutgers University and Editor of The American Choral Review, becomes the 4th Conductor of The Choir.

 

Source: Bach Choir of Bethlehem Website
Contributed by:
Aryeh Oron (February 2005)

Ifor Jones: Short Biography | Bach Choir of Bethlehem | Recordings of Vocal Works | BWV 232 - Ifor Jones | Bethlehem Bach Festival

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