Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Lichfield Cathedral
19A The Close
WS13 7LD


Johann Sebastian BachSt Mark Passion, BWV 247


Thomas Hobbs – Evangelist
Elizabeth Cragg – Soprano
Simon Ponsford – counter-tenor
Ruairi Bowen – Tenor
Henry Neill – baritone
Paul Spicer – Conductor

Birmingham Bach Choir
Musical & Amicable Society

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Programme Note


Paul Spicer writes:

"Bach wrote five settings of the Passion according to his son C P E Bach: two were lost without trace and the fifth, the St. Mark, was given in St. Thomas’s Church, Leipzig, on Good Friday 1731. The score of this, sadly, has now vanished as well.

Andor Gomme, however, has reconstructed it, claiming that it includes all the surviving music together with additional music taken from existing cantatas. The Gospel narrative (Evangelist and crowd choruses) are by Reinhard Keiser, an older contemporary of Bach.

The work is, therefore, a hybrid: Bach for the arias, chorales and two major choruses and Keiser for the narrative.

There is certainly much wonderful music to enjoy, though, with a superb cast of soloists, choir and orchestra."

We are very excited that this will be the first opportunity for this work to be heard in the West Midlands.

We are delighted to welcome Ruairi Bowen in Jeremy Budd's stead.

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