St Matthew Passion

6:30pm, Wed, 13 Apr 2022

  • Event Details
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  • Type of event: Performance
    Duration: 3hr 20 min
    Venue: St Peter's Church
    Cambridge Road
    Harrogate
    HG1 1PB
    Description: St Matthew Passion
    An opportunity to experience J. S. Bach's monumental setting of The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew in Holy Week.

    Vocalis are once again looking forward immensley to joining forces with St Peter's Church Choir
    , with the professional Harrogate Bach Players (leader Fiona Love) directed by John Longstaff, Director of Music and Organist at St Peter’s Church. This is the only performance of the St. Matthew Passion during Holy Week in North Yorkshire this year.
     
    The work is being given in a recent English translation by John Longstaff and Andrew Greenan, (the internationally acclaimed soloist singing the bass arias), which respects the original libretto without distorting Bach’s music to fit an extant translation of the bible, and also explores the directness and personal nature of the German words for the arias and chorales.  The other professional soloists are the tenors Joseph Doody and James Micklethwaite (both born locally, and like Andrew a soloist in the recent performance of the St. Matthew Passion in Bradford);  Philip Wilcox (Jesus) and Jenny Stafford (soprano) who are both principals on the current ETO tour, and Heather Lowe (mezzo-soprano) who is well-known to Opera North audiences for her appearances in The Barber of Seville, Hansel and Gretel, Julius Caesar and The Snow Maiden.  
     
    Tickets for the St Matthew Passion are £15 available by calling 07425 161425, via Eventbrite (booking fee applies) or on the door subject to space.