Bach’s St John Passion

Saturday 23rd March

Time 7pm; please note earlier start time

“This virile, collegiate approach to Bach is the most exciting I’ve heard in a very long time” (Guardian Review)

We are opening this special tenth season with a once-only opportunity for us to hear a full orchestra and soloists in a complete, iconic, performance of one of the most loved and best known of all the choral works of Johann Sebastian Bach: The St John Passion.

Bach wrote his St John Passion before the St Matthew. The St John is regarded as more extravagant,  with an expressive immediacy, at times more unbridled and less “finished”. It demands superb musicianship, emotional commitment and well-developed communication skills. The Oxford Bach Soloists, under their conductor Tom Hammond Davies, are regarded as one of the foremost interpreters of these works.

Moreover, not only will we have the privilege of hearing their superb orchestra and choir of soloists, but the Evangelist, the key narrator and scene setter, will be sung by the international tenor Mark Padmore, who has made this particular role his own.

The Passion will be sung in German, and a special souvenir programme will include a full English translation.

Please note that the performance will begin at 7pm, earlier than usual, and the running time is approximately 2 hours.  There will be a short break between Parts One and Two.

We are very grateful to Edington Station Yard Ltd who have provided generous headline sponsorship for this concert, and to the Three Daggers.

Tickets £12.50 – £30. Online booking preferred, otherwise telephone Chrissy on 01380 831256


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