We began rehearsals for the St Matthew Passion on Tuesday 7 January 2020 at High Church, Hilton (7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m). Tuesday rehearsals continue at the same times at High Church, Hilton until Tuesday 10 March, with a break on Tuesday 18 February. From Tuesday 17 March the venue changes to St Machar's Cathedral, with a two week break during the school Easter holiday (no rehearsals on Tuesdays 7 and 14 April). There will be rehearsals with all participants on the afternoon of Saturday 25 April from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (no rehearsal on Sunday 26 April). The performance starts at 5:00 p.m.

Ideally, you should attend all rehearsals but if you miss more than three regular Tuesday rehearsals you will need permission from Musical Director Peter Parfitt before you can sing in the performance. Attendance at the two rehearsals on the weekend of the performance is compulsory.

You can buy a CD or download of your part from Choraline. A 10% discount is available for choir members - use the code ABERDEEN. You can follow your part online for free from Cyberbass.

Peter recommends listening the following recordings of the St Matthew Passion, available on YouTube, or on CD or download (not Netherlands Bach Society).

Jos Van Veldhoven and the Netherlands Bach Society     YouTube     (download not available)
(An authentic performance with period instruments and 8 people in Choir 1 and 4 people in Choir 2!!)

Stephen Cleobury and The Choir of King’s College Cambridge     YouTube   download MP3 or FLAC

John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists     YouTube    download MP3 or FLAC (also available in iTunes store or Apple Music)
(This version gives a really good delineation of the two choirs and orchestras spatially separated.)

April 2012 performance:       programme notes       detailed notes on the music including translations and commentary

April 2020 Weekly Rehearsal Schedule




Tue 7 Jan

High Church Hilton

Introduction to the work. General sing through of as much as possible.

Tue 14 Jan

High Church Hilton

1, 3, 4b, 4d, 9b, 9e

Tue 21 Jan

High Church Hilton

10, 15, 17, 19, 20. Revise 1, 3, 4b, 4d, 9b, 9e

Tue 28 Jan

High Church Hilton

25, 27a, 27b, 29. Revise 1, 10, 15, 17, 19, 20

Tue 4 Feb

High Church Hilton

30, 32, 36b, 36d, 37, 38. Revise 1, 4b, 4d, 9b, 9e, 25, 27a, 27b, 29

Tue 11 Feb

High Church Hilton

40, 41b, 44, 45a, 45b. Revise movements from Part 1 as required.

Tue 18 Feb

No rehearsal


Tue 25 Feb

High Church Hilton

46, 50b, 50d, 53b, 54. Revise 40, 41b, 44, 45a, 45b

Tue 3 Mar

High Church Hilton

58b, 58d, 61b, 61d, 62, 63b. Revise 46, 50b, 50d, 53b, 54

Tue 10 Mar High Church Hilton 66b, 67, 68. Revise 58b, 58d, 61b, 61d, 62, 63b
Tue 17 Mar St Machar's Cathedral Revise 66b, 67, 68. Revise other movements as required.
Tue 24 Mar St Machar's Cathedral All of Part 1
Tue 31 Mar St Machar's Cathedral All of Part 2
Tue 7 Apr No rehearsal  
Tue 14 Apr No rehearsal  
Tue 21 Apr St Machar's Cathedral All, as required
Sat 25 Apr 12:00-3:00 p.m.
4:00-7:00 p.m.
St Machar's Cathedral Full rehearsals with soloists, orchestra and St Margaret's Choir

Sun 26 Apr
5:00 p.m.

St Machar's Cathedral


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