About Good Friday St John Passion 300th Anniversary with Ex Cathedra

Ex Cathedra Choir, Baroque Orchestra

& Academy of Vocal Music

Jeffrey Skidmore conductor

James Robinson Evangelist

Themba Mvula Jesus

Lawrence White Pilate & bass

Margaret Lingas, Katie Trethewey soprano

Mercè Bruguera Abelló, Gabriella Liandu alto

Bradley Smith tenor

Thomas Lowen bass

300 years after its first performance, Bach’s St John Passion remains as powerful and profound as it must have been in 1724. The human drama of the story - Pilate’s dilemma, Peter’s denial - plus the emotion of the characters makes this a compelling pilgrimage, whatever your belief. And then there is the supreme beauty of Bach’s music, heightened by the colours and poignancy of the period instruments - not least the majestic acceptance of ‘Es ist vollbracht’ (It is accomplished).

In this anniversary performance, we incorporate chorale preludes, motets, congregational hymns and readings to offer a richer experience of the Good Friday service as Bach knew it.

Sung in German with English surtitles.

There will be a 30-minute interval and the concert will end at approximately 5pm.

Ex Cathedra is a B:Music Associate Artist

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    B1 2EA
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