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**POSTPONED** Bach: St John Passion

Add to my Calendar 28-03-2020 18:00 28-03-2020 20:00 36 **POSTPONED** Bach: St John Passion Bach’s first great sacred masterpiece, the St John Passion, recounts Christ’s final days from the betrayal of Judas to the preparation for laying the body in the tomb. It is the genius of Bach’s extraordinary music that brings to life the humanity of the drama.  The chorus in turn takes on the role of the people as well as reflecting, together with the solo arias, on the stages of the story. The narrative is sung by the Evangelist (tenor) and the entire work is bound together by chorales – German hymns greatly enhanced by Bach’s harmonic invention, the whole work culminating in perhaps his finest chorale: ‘then from death awake me, I will praise you for ever’. This follows the restful and moving final chorus: ‘rest well, your holy bones . . . and I too will achieve peace.’ The Royal Choral Society will perform this outstanding work in the original German, together with the Hanover Band – one of Britain’s finest period instrument orchestras, and an exceptional line up of soloists, all conducted by Richard Cooke. The Royal Choral Society has been performing the choral masterpieces ever since its formation for the opening of the Royal Albert Hall in 1871, including the UK premières of Verdi’s Requiem in 1875, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater in 1884, both concerts conducted by their composers. The St John Passion was first performed in the UK in 1872 under the baton of Royal Choral Society conductor Sir Joseph Barnby. Holy Trinity Church, London DD/MM/YYYY

Details

Holy Trinity Church
Sloane Street
Sloane Square

London
SW1X 9BZ
England


Programme

Johann Sebastian BachSt John Passion, BWV 245

Performers

Richard Cooke – Conductor
Nicholas Mulroy – Tenor
Jimmy Holliday – Bass
Rebecca Lea – Soprano
Alexander Chance – Counter-tenor
Joseph Doody – Tenor
Tristan Hambleton – Bass

Royal Choral Society
Hanover Band

Programme Note

Bach’s first great sacred masterpiece, the St John Passion, recounts Christ’s final days from the betrayal of Judas to the preparation for laying the body in the tomb.

It is the genius of Bach’s extraordinary music that brings to life the humanity of the drama.  The chorus in turn takes on the role of the people as well as reflecting, together with the solo arias, on the stages of the story. The narrative is sung by the Evangelist (tenor) and the entire work is bound together by chorales – German hymns greatly enhanced by Bach’s harmonic invention, the whole work culminating in perhaps his finest chorale: ‘then from death awake me, I will praise you for ever’. This follows the restful and moving final chorus: ‘rest well, your holy bones . . . and I too will achieve peace.’

The Royal Choral Society will perform this outstanding work in the original German, together with the Hanover Band – one of Britain’s finest period instrument orchestras, and an exceptional line up of soloists, all conducted by Richard Cooke.

The Royal Choral Society has been performing the choral masterpieces ever since its formation for the opening of the Royal Albert Hall in 1871, including the UK premières of Verdi’s Requiem in 1875, and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater in 1884, both concerts conducted by their composers. The St John Passion was first performed in the UK in 1872 under the baton of Royal Choral Society conductor Sir Joseph Barnby.

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