Aberdeen Bach Choir at St Macharís Cathedral

Bachís St Matthew Passion is the sort of sacred work the Aberdeen Bach Choir was originally formed to perform. Itís the Choirís core repertoire but this doesnít make it any the less demanding.

Performed in two parts yesterday at St Macharís Cathedral with the Aberdeen Sinfonietta, six professional soloists including the renowned soprano Dame Emma Kirkby and a further nine smaller solo parts taken by members of the choir, this was an epic undertaking.

Hardly surprising that the Choirís Musical Director Peter Parfitt received such a resounding applause at the end, not only from the capacity audience but from the choir and the orchestra.

The superb tenor Nicholas Mulroy sang the Evangelist with flawless conviction and he quickly became the glue that held the musical action together. There was also fine work from the Aberdeen Sinfonietta, particularly the woodwind section who played so elegantly with the Bass Alex Ashworth during the aria Mach Dich Mein Herz.

During the final moving chorus the Bach Choir rose to the occasion and put a memorable stamp on this magnificent Passion.

Review by Roddy Phillips printed in the Press and Journal of Monday 30 April 2012