Bach St Matthew Passion

St Matthew Passion

Saturday 17 March 2018 7.30pm

Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir
Richard Cooke conductor
London Handel Orchestra
Rufus Müller tenor (Evangelist)
David Ireland bass (Christus)
Zoë Brown soprano
Alexander Chance counter-tenor
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dominic Sedgwick bass

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

Sponsored by
Sir Ronald McIntosh

St Matthew Passion is unquestionably one of the finest dramatic works of western music.

Bach vividly tells the story of the crucifixion with depictions of lightning and thunder, the outbursts from the crowd, and some of the finest reflections of the action in the solo items, all progressing to an intense and moving finale. The London Handel Orchestra, one of the main professional specialist orchestras for music of this period, will accompany a group of high-class soloists, with Canterbury Choral Society and its Youth Choir providing the great choral backdrop.

Elgar The Dream of Gerontius

The Dream of Gerontius

Saturday 23 June 2018 7.30pm

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir
Richard Cooke conductor
Madeleine Shaw mezzo-soprano
Andrew Staples tenor (Gerontius)
Edward Grint bass

VENUE: Canterbury Cathedral

Sponsored by
Lady Kingsdown, OBE

‘This is the best of me;’ wrote Elgar on completion of The Dream of Gerontius, ‘this, if anything of mine, is worth your memory’.

Probably the most evocative and enduring of the choral ‘greats’ of the 20th century, The Dream of Gerontius stirs emotional and impassioned solos and choruses within a full-bodied Romantic orchestral tapestry. We are thrilled to be welcoming back the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the fourth time. A world-class orchestra with world-class soloists and what promises to be another mighty occasion for performers and audience.

Canterbury Cathedral

Join us

Next open rehearsal:
Tuesday 20 March 2018 7.30-9.30pm

St Stephen’s School
Hales Drive, Canterbury CT2 7AD

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Canterbury Choral Society concert day rehearsal in Canterbury Cathedral


Award Scheme
Up to £100/annum

For students aged 14-23. Applicants must demonstrate developing musical ability, have a good singing voice and take part in regular rehearsals and concerts.

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