Bach | St John Passion

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Saturday 28th March 2020, 6.00pm
Venue: Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London

Royal Choral Society
Conductor Richard Cooke
The Hanover Band

Nicholas Mulroy, tenor (Evangelist)
Jimmy Holliday, bass (Christus)
Rebecca Lea, soprano
Alexander Chance, countertenor
Joseph Doody, tenor
Tristan Hambleton, bass

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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 accompanied by The Hanover Band – one of Britain’s finest period instrument orchestras, and an exceptional line up of soloists, all conducted by Richard Cooke.