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Barbican Hall
Silk Street
Barbican, City of London



Johann Sebastian BachSt Matthew Passion, BWV 244


Anna Dennis – soprano
Tim Mead – Alto
Nicholas Mulroy – Tenor
George Humphreys – Bass
Mhairi Lawson – soprano
Magid El-Bushra – Alto
Paul Hopwood – Tenor
Rodney Earl Clarke – Bass
Laurence Cummings – director / harpsichord

Academy of Ancient Music

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Programme Note

On Good Friday, AAM returns to a masterpiece that never grows old: Bach’s St Matthew Passion, stripped back to its essentials and performed with absolute commitment. 

Filled with wonder and sorrow, a survivor tells his tale. As other voices tell their stories, the chorus becomes an accusing crowd, and an ancient tragedy comes startlingly alive. This is Bach’s St Matthew Passion, in an intimate and powerful performance from Academy of Ancient Music and a consort cast of acclaimed soloists.

The St Matthew Passion has become a Good Friday tradition, but this year AAM gets back to the music’s roots, using a chamber-scaled orchestra that Bach himself might have recognised and solo singers who step out of the ensemble to share their testimony. Performed like this, the emotion feels even more intense, and as ever, no religious belief is required: just a readiness to experience one of western music’s most beautiful – and transforming – masterpieces.

Bach's St Matthew Passion

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