St John Passion | J S Bach
Toby Ward – Evangelist
Phil Wilcox – Christus
St Peter’s Singers with the National Festival Orchestra
Alexander Woodrow – conductor
Admission: £20 online and at the door Book here
Organised by St Peter’s Singers
Sung in English
First performed 300 years ago on Good Friday 1723, Bach’s setting of St John’s account of the events leading up to Christ’s death remains a masterpiece, performed thousands of times each year all over the world.
It is at times highly dramatic, turbulent and emotional, while soothing, reflective, grief-stricken at others. The choir switches roles between the mob calling for Jesus’ death and the Christian community throughout the ages observing and reliving the horror of those events. The soloists too act out the parts of the main characters while giving voice to the thoughts and feelings of bystanders such as ourselves.
As ever, Bach’s music touches knowingly on our deepest and most complex emotions: love, betrayal, guilt, grief. Despite coming from what seems like another world, this work can still speak to us – moving, fulfilling and uplifting. Step into that world – and find yourself more deeply in this one.
Please note: This event is externally organised by St Peter’s Singers. Leeds Minster is not responsible for the accuracy of the above information or for any changes to this event. Please see the organiser’s website for full details.