• Bach: St Matthew Passion

Event Details

Sat 24 Mar

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: York Minster, Deangate, YO1 7HH

Ticket Information: £20 - £5

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Producer: York Musical Society

Conductor: David Pipe

Music: York Musical Society Chorus and Orchestra

Soloist: Paul Smy Evangelist

Soloist: Jonathan May, Jesus

Soloist: Anita Watson, soprano

Soloist: Kate Symonds-Joy, mezzo-soprano

Soloist: Ben Thapa, tenor

Soloist: Alex Ashworth, bass

Bach: St Matthew Passion

York Minster is the appropriately magnificent setting for this monumental choral work. The YMS chorus, orchestra and six soloists will tell the story of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion and burial, in a work that has been described as a unique human achievement.

Bach created his Passion from choruses both small and large, with arias for specific characters such as Jesus, Judas, Peter and Pontius Pilate. The Evangelist, a role for tenor voice, is the narrator and moves the drama along.

The chorus and orchestra are split in two to create a stunning musical effect. Supporting Bach’s structure are three grand choruses – at the beginning, middle and end – which frame the music.

Though the work was originally written in German, YMS will sing the English translation.

Senior choristers of York Minster will sing the ‘ripieno’ part in the first half of the work. 


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