Lieschen, a student, loves coffee. Her dad, Schlendrian, does not. At all. He tries everything he can think of to get her to stop, but she will have none of it!

Two performances on Saturday 29 May 2021

Guests were invited to arrive early to enjoy complimentary coffee and cake, as well as to immerse themselves in the coffee shop atmosphere. J. S. Bach’s Coffee Cantata was preceded by a selection of songs, poetry, and instrumental music.

Kindly supported by The Marchus Trust.


“Outstanding quality of music, singing and acting in a glorious setting, it was a really lovely event and we now can’t wait for Acis & Galatea!”

“Unusual informal take on Bach – very entertaining”

“[Enjoyed] all of it, brilliant inventive morning”

“Loved it all”

“We loved the interaction with the audience, the high standard of musicianship, and being able to enjoy live music which we have missed for so long!”

Schlendrian Richard Latham
Lieschen Betty Makharinsky
Narrator Bradley Smith
Poet Ella Sadie Guthrie

Harpsichord Jonathan Darbourne
Flute Anna Kondrashina
Violin I
Naomi Burrell
Violin II
Flora Curzon
Charlotte Fairbairn
Gavin Kibble

Music Director Jonathan Darbourne
Director Laura Attridge
Asst. Director Madeline Claire de Berrié
Producer Daniel Makharinsky

Photographer The Photography Shed
Videographer Peter Heaps

Coffee and Cake Manna Eating