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Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir | JS Bach's St John Passion

Saturday March 9, 2024 at 19:30
King's Hall, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne
£20, students and unwaged £10, children free
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  1. St John Passion BWV 245 - Johann Sebastian Bach

For many years the Newcastle upon Tyne Bach Choir has included an all Bach concert each season, and would have performed the St John Passion in 2022, but for the pandemic. The advantage of the delay is that our upcoming performance of this magnificent work will celebrate the 300th anniversary of its first performance on Good Friday 1724.

Bach composed five Passion settings, though only two have survived complete. His appointment in 1723 as Cantor at Leipzig involved providing cantatas for every Sunday and feast day of the church year, but for Good Friday a full setting of the Passion story was required, and these alternated between the two main Leipzig churches, The St John Passion, which paints an immediate and highly expressive picture of this dramatic story, had its premiere in the Nicolaikirche on 7 April 1724. We know of three further performances of the St John Passion in Bach’s time. The following year it was heard in the Thomaskirche, this time with several alterations, and our performance will include a few of these rarely heard new pieces.

We have a fine line up of soloists: Hugo Hymas, a Durham University graduate andnow one of the foremost early music tenors, sings both the part of the Evangelist, who narrates the events leading up to Christ’s death, and the tenor arias, while young American Ben Kazez sings the part of Jesus and the baritone arias. Soprano Charlotte La Thrope is another Durham music graduate; alto David Allsopp, a regular soloist with the choir, was on stunning form in the Christmas Oratorio a couple of years ago. Finally the casting also includes bass Andri Björn Róbertsson, who joined us last November for Israel in Egypt.

As usual accompaniment will be provided by the period instruments of Newcastle Baroque, whose delicate, mellow sonorities paint the changing emotions of Bach's great masterpiece.

King's Hall, Newcastle University
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear

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