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
Aberdeen Sinfonietta

Conductor: Peter Parfitt

Evangelist: Nathan Vale
Christus: Sam Evans
Judith Howarth - Soprano
Nicholas Spanos - Counter-tenor
Andrew Tortise - Tenor
Dawid Kimberg - Bass


Fragment of Bach's manuscript from Bach Cantatas Website


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, Dawid Kimberg - Bass and by the Chamber Choir from St Margaret's School for Girls. Tom Wilkinson will provide the keyboard continuo.

Tickets priced at £15 (under 16 and students £5, no concessions) will be on sale from Tuesday 24 March from Aberdeen Box Office and from Choir members.

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

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