St John Passion
Saturday 18 March 2023 7.30pm
The Hanover Band
Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir
Richard Cooke conductor
Christopher Bowen Evangelist
William Gaunt Christus
Rebecca Lea soprano
David Allsopp countertenor
Joseph Doody tenor
Jimmy Holliday bass
Sung in German
£32, £27, £21, £17, £10 (unreserved)
£1.50 Booking Fee included
Festival Box Office (Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm)
Festival House, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, CT1 2JA
Tickets can be sent as an e-ticket, posted, or collected from the venue on the day.
JS Bach St John Passion
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. Bach’s extraordinary music brings to life the humanity of the drama. The chorus takes on the role of the crowd, reflecting, together with the solo arias, on the progression of the Easter story. The narrative is sung by the tenor Evangelist and the entire work is bound together by chorales – German hymns greatly enhanced by Bach’s harmonic invention, culminating in arguably Bach’s finest chorale: ‘then from death awake me, I will praise you for ever’ – heart-rending and inspirational. Canterbury Choral Society will again be joined by The Hanover Band, alongside an exceptional lineup of soloists.
JS Bach St John Passion is Sung in German
The orchestra comprises some of the best period instrument specialists in the UK. They are considered to be some of the best in their field. Formed in London by Caroline Brown in March 1980, it has an international reputation for the excellence of its performances and recordings of 18th and 19th-century music. It performs, records and undertakes education work regularly in the UK and has toured throughout Europe, USA(East and West) Canada and Mexico, appearing in prestigious festivals and venues such as the Haydnfest, Eisenstadt Austria, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, De Doelen Rotterdam, Berlin Philharmoniesaal, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, London (BBC Proms), Usher Hall, Edinburgh and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center New York, Harvard, Princeton Universities and UCLA Los Angeles, USA. The orchestra’s list of directors over previous years, reads like a Who’s Who of period instrument interpretation: Monica Huggett, Sir Charles Mackerras, Roy Goodman, Anthony Halstead, Nicholas McGegan, Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Nicholas Kraemer, Paul Brough, Andrew Arthur, Benjamin Bayl and Mahan Esfahani.The Hanover Band Chorus who regularly work with the Band are comprised of leading choral specialists, who are actively working in the early music world.