26 April 2020 5:00 p.m. St Machar's Cathedral
J.S. Bach: St Matthew Passion
Aberdeen Bach Choir
St Margaret's School for Girls Chamber Choir
Conductor: Peter Parfitt
Evangelist: Nathan Vale
Christus: Sam Evans
Judith Howarth - Soprano
Nicholas Spanos - Counter-tenor
Andrew Tortise - Tenor
Alex Ashworth - Bass
Come and join the Aberdeen Bach Choir and the Aberdeen Sinfonietta on April 26th 2020 in St Machar's Cathedral for a performance of Bach's St Matthew Passion. This monumental piece of Christian art is one of the immense cornerstones of Baroque choral repertoire and contains exciting choruses, moving arias and chorales and fast paced recitative. In all but name it is a vivid opera, portraying the dramatic events of the last week of Christ's mortal life on Earth.
The choir will be joined by Nathan Vale as the Evangelist, Sam Evans as Christus, Judith Howarth - soprano, Nicholas Spanos - counter tenor, Andrew Tortise - Tenor, Alex Ashworth - Bass and by the Chamber Choir from St Margaret's School for Girls.
Read about the first performance of the St Matthew Passion in Aberdeen, held in St Machar's Cathedral on Tuesday 2 April 1912.
John Dalby conducted Aberdeen Bach Choir in the St Matthew Passion on 25 March 1959, 30 March 1960 and 4 April 1962 in St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen, and Graham Wiseman was the conductor on 24 March 1963 in St Andrew's Cathedral and 12 March 1967 in St Machar's Cathedral.
April 2006 Performance of St Matthew Passion conducted by Graham Wiseman
April 2012 Performance of St Matthew Passion conducted by Peter Parfitt