Bach St John Passion
Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Academy of Ancient Music
James Way Evangelist
Matthew Rose Christus
William Vann conductor
We regret to inform you that this performance has been cancelled. We are doing our utmost to support the national effort in reducing the spread of coronavirus and the health and well-being of all our visitors, staff members and visiting performers is our number one priority.
Ticket holders are fully covered for the full value of their tickets and will be contacted shortly. Thank you for continued support and we look forward to welcoming you on future occasions.
‘Haste, ye deeply wounded spirits…’
J.S. Bach’s St John Passion is an intensely personal experience, bringing to life the humanity of the passion story. Combining raw viscerality with moments of exquisite intimacy, it was written soon after Bach’s arrival as Kantor at Leipzig’s Thomasschule. Keen to impress a new congregation, Bach produced a setting of the age-old passion story which overshadowed almost every piece of liturgical music the world had previously known.
The Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is one of the finest professional church choirs in the UK whose members regularly sing with many of the world’s leading consort groups, such as The Sixteen, The Tallis Scholars, Stile Antico, BBC Singers and Monteverdi Choir. All solos, bar those of the Evangelist and Christus, will be taken by members of the Choir.
William Vann, Director of Music at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, joins forces with the renowned early-instrument forces of the Academy of Ancient Music, rising star and critically acclaimed Evangelist James Way and world-renowned bass Matthew Rose in the role of Christus.
Sung in German.
‘First-class personnel… it’s the tension and subtlety in the performances that catch the ear’ (Gramophone on the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea)
‘…playing of irresistible colour and exuberance’ (The Telegraph on the Academy of Ancient Music)
‘It was the tenor James Way who took the breath away, however, with his immaculate tonal control and the astonishing maturity of his musicianship.’ (Evening Standard)
‘Matthew Rose’s Christus was simply immense.’ (Bachtrack)
NB. Please note start time.
Duration: approx. 2 hours 20 mins (incl. interval)
£45, £35, £25, £15
Friends of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Friends of AAM: 10% off (not available online)
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