Saturday 14 March 2020

7.30 pm
Trinity Methodist Church
Cottingham Road, Hull HU5 2EJ
(at the corner of Newland Avenue)

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Three mourners, detail from The Lamentation of Christ
by Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506)
Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Bach: St John Passion

One of Bach’s earliest tasks when he took up his post at Leipzig in 1723 was to write a setting of the passion for performance on Good Friday 1724. The work chosen was that based on St John’s Gospel, and Bach produced a marvellously dramatic setting of the Passion story, adding to the dramatic choruses, wonderful harmonisations of passion chorales and dramatic commentaries in solo numbers, as well as introducing opening and closing numbers for the chorus which are unforgettable. The work was altered in the course of its many revivals, and the audience will have to wait and see which version we have chosen to perform. They are all of them splendid.