How to search our listings database: Getting Started
Start from the 'What's On' button on the main navigation bar at the top of any page. Clicking ‘What’s On’ takes you to our event finder for all types of events – but hovering over it opens a dropdown menu showing all our event categories: Concerts, Opera, Dance, Kids, Talks and Watch Online. Clicking on any of these categories will take you to a event finder that only searches that type of event.
*We recommend that you bookmark http://www.bachtrack.com/find so that you can quickly access our event finder.
– If you clicked on ‘What’s On’, you will see several drop-down menus: Concert, Opera, Dance; All places; All composers; All performers; and All dates.
– If you clicked on Concerts, Opera, Dance, Kids, Talks or Watch Online, you will only see drop-down menus for All places; All composers (or All titles for opera/dance); All performers and All dates. You will also see that a set of listings has appeared below the menu bar: for example, if you are on the ‘Find concerts’ page, you will now see a list of all concert listings in Bachtrack’s database.
Note: if you are using the global edition of Bachtrack, you will find events from all over the world. However, if you’ve set a country (eg, United States), you will only be searching events that take place in the United States. To change your region, click on the country flag button on the very top right-hand corner of your screen.
You can now filter your search using any of the options on the menu bar. Click on one of the options to start. (Each search option is explained in detail below).
You can set these options in any order, but our listings finder will automatically filter and refresh your search results one at a time after each selection. (The exception to this is setting the event category: for this, you must tick your chosen boxes (Concert, Opera, Dance, Kids, Talk) and then press ‘Search’, otherwise it will lose your choices when you click on the next option).
*You can still search for events in other categories even if you started on the Find concerts, Find Opera, or Find Dance page. Just click on the drop-down menu labelled ‘Concert/Opera/Dance’ and you will be able to tick the categories of events you want to search
At any point, you can clear each search option by clicking on its red 'X' at the top of the search page. For example, if you had already selected ‘Concerts’ as a category, and ‘Netherlands’ as a place, but you then set the ‘Composer’ option to find works by Beethoven, you would only see results for concerts in the Netherlands with Beethoven on their programme. If you wanted to see all Beethoven concerts worldwide, you would first have to click on the red ‘X’ next to the Netherlands.
*Tip: For a faster search using multiple options at once, we recommend our Advanced Search tool. You must be registered and logged in to access the Advanced Search.
You can set your search to include only Concert, Opera or Dance events, or any combination of these categories. Start by clicking on Concert, Opera, Dance and you will see tick-boxes for these categories, including Kids events and Talks. The tick-box for 'Live' listings will be ticked by default, but you can also include our listings for 'On Demand' listings to find performances available to watch online. Once you have made your selections, press 'Search', and you will see a list of all events in that category. You can then use the other options to filter your results by country/city/venue, by date, by performer, or by composer.
Start by clicking on All places. First, you need to choose a country, eg: 'Netherlands'. Click on the country you would like, and the search area will refresh to show you listings in that country. To filter down further by city, click on the drop-down menu once more – it will now display your country selection, and reads Choose region/city... Choose the region or city, eg: Amsterdam, and the listings will filter to show you all events taking place in Amsterdam. If you like, you can filter the list even further, by clicking Choose venue... and select 'Concertgebouw'. You can then use the other search options to filter the results by date, by performer, or by composer.
*Tip: If you are not using the Global edition of Bachtrack and have set a country (eg: United States), the concert finder will only search for concerts in that country. You can change to the global edition to search events worldwide, or set a different country, by clicking on the region button on the top right-hand corner of the page: this will either display your country flag, or ‘global’.
Start by clicking on All dates. You will then see a menu offering options such as 'Today' 'Tomorrow', 'This week-end', as well as all months for the current year. Once you click on an option, eg 'March', the search area will refresh and you will see all of Bachtrack's listings for events taking place in March. You can then use the other options to filter these results by country/city/venue, by performer, or by composer.
*If you would like to search for a specific date, range of dates, or date more than one year in the future, please use our Advanced Search tool.
Start by clicking on All performers. You will see a selection of performers, including many of the most common searches. You can also search for any performer, whether an orchestra, an ensemble, an opera or dance company, or a soloist, by typing their name into the text box. This works best if you start by typing a few letters from their name. For example, if you want to find performances featuring the conductor Valery Gergiev, you could type 'gerg' into the box, and it will suggest Gergiev to you. Click on the complete name to accept it, and the page will load search results for this performer. If the text box goes red, you may have tried a performer we don't have listings for in our database, or you may have typed their name incorrectly.
*Tip: when typing a performer's name, always start with a performer's last name to get the best results. Typing in 'John' may take a very long time to display all results! Instead, to find eg, 'John Adams', type in 'Adams J'.
You can filter search results by programme by clicking on All composers. First, you will see a list of the most commonly-performed composers. When you click on any of these, your search results will automatically filter. If you click on Beethoven, for example, you will then see all events featuring Beethoven. To choose a composer that isn't on this list, start typing in the composer's last name, and it will suggest composers to you. Once you click on the full name, your search page will refresh to show only events including works by that composer. To filter results even further, click on the drop-down menu again, which now displays ‘Beethoven’ and Choose work.... You will see a list of Beethoven’s most performed works – click on one of these to filter the search results once more. Alternatively, you can type in some text from the work's name to search for a work that isn't on this list.
Our regular listings finder allows you to search using one category at a time, and filters results at every step. The Advanced Search tool is extremely useful if you want to search using multiple categories at once. For example, if you want to find kids’ concerts in London over the Easter holidays which contain music by Beethoven, you can do so in only a few seconds!
You can fill out as many of the categories as you like, though note that you may only search for one item per category at a time: you cannot search for both ‘Beethoven’ AND 'Mozart'. To select the date range, click on the 'From date' box, and a calendar will pop up. If you want to search for listings on ONE day only, set the 'From' and 'To' dates to be the same.
A drop-down menu exists for 'Period' and 'Work type', but all other fields are interactive text boxes that search our database instantly. For example, if you want to find performances featuring the conductor Valéry Gergiev, you could type 'gerg' into the 'Performer' box, and it will suggest 'Gergiev, Valery' to you. Simply click on the correct name to accept it. If the text box remains red, you may have tried a performer we don't have in our database, or you may have typed their name incorrectly.
*Tip: when typing a performer or composer's name, always start with a performer's last name to get the best results.
Once you have filled out all your desired categories, press 'Search' and your results will be displayed. If Bachtrack does not have any results in our database that match your criteria, you will see No listings match your criteria, and you will have the option to change your search or start again.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I find events happening near me?
- Why aren’t there any events in my home city or country?
- How do I search for events on specific dates or a range of dates?
- How do I search for operas by composer?
- Why can’t I find any events featuring a certain performer?
- I have typed in a composer’s/performer’s name but the search page isn’t refreshing / the text box stays red and nothing happens.
- How do I buy tickets for events listed on Bachtrack?
- How can I find on-demand performances/recorded performances/live broadcasts?
- How can I contact Bachtrack?
- I am having trouble logging in / I forgot my password
See “Search by place”
Starting from What’s On, click on All places and select your country. The search area will refresh and you will see a list of events in that country. You can then narrow your search by region and city using the same button.
Make sure that you are using the best region settings for you. The Global edition of Bachtrack will show you listings from around the world, but if you set your region to your home country, your searches will automatically be filtered to show you events in your country only. To change your region settings, click on the country flag (or button that reads ‘Global’) at the top right corner of your screen.
If you had no search results after setting the country, region or city, it’s possible that there may be no events listed in your chosen location at this time. Bachtrack works with many concert organisers and performers around the world who add their listings to our database, but we also run a free self-input system. Why not consider helping us put your hometown’s events on Bachtrack by registering to input listings? The registration form can be found here.
See “Search by date”
The event finder’s date option allows you to search by common criteria such as ‘Today’, ‘Tomorrow’, ‘This week-end’ and ‘Next 7 days’, as well as all events in an upcoming month. If you would like to search for a specific date, range of dates, or date more than one year in the future, please use our Advanced Search tool.
See “Search by composer”
First, make sure you’ve set your event category option to include operas. You can either start from What’s On and then click on ‘Concerts, Opera, Dance’ to tick only the opera box, or hover over the What’s On button and select Opera to get to our opera finder. Then, click on ‘All titles’ and you will see a menu offering the most performed titles, as well as most performed composers.
If you had no results after setting the option for a performer, or if you typed the performer’s name into the text box and had no suggested names pop up, it’s possible that there are no listings for this performer on Bachtrack at this time. You might like to try the Advanced Search to make sure your search parameters are all set the way you want them.
See “Search by performer” and “Search by composer”
When searching by a performer or composer, you can either select from the list of most common names, or type a name into the text box provided. The text box will search our database instantly, but do give it a few seconds to suggest the complete name. When typing a performer's name, always start with a performer's last name to get the best results. Typing in 'John' may take a very long time to display all results! Instead, to find eg, 'John Adams', type in 'Adams J'.
If the text box stays red, you may have tried a performer we don't have listings for in our database, or you may have typed their name incorrectly.
If you are still having trouble, refresh your browser and try again.
Events with ticket booking links will show a red BUY TICKETS button next to their image, or when you are looking at the detailed view of an event, on the top right hand corner. Clicking on this link will take you to the venue/performer/promoter’s website where you buy tickets directly from them. Bachtrack does not have its own ticket-selling facility and once you click on the BUY TICKETS link, a page will open in a new tab.
See “Search by event type”.
When you click the menu button for category (Concert, Opera, Dance), you will see a menu with tick boxes. Under ‘Select the type of listing’, you can choose ‘On demand’ to find recorded performances available to watch online, or ‘Broadcast’ to find live online broadcast events.
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