Bach’s St. John Passion

Don’t miss Nota Bene’s next concert, Sunday 14 April

Dear Friends,

I am so looking forward to bringing you our next concert: J S Bach’s wonderful setting of the St John Passion. You may have heard the winning combination of Nota Bene and Chiesa Ensemble performing Fauré’s Requiem last year. This coming concert has everything that made that concert so special, plus the bonus of a stunning line-up of soloists.

Bach composed the St John Passion for his first Good Friday mass in Leipzig in 1724.  It’s a more intimate, dramatic and bolder interpretation of the Easter story than his later St Matthew Passion.  With such emotional weight, perfectly balanced with drama and spirituality, the St John Passion has become synonymous with Passiontide and Easter observances around the world.

From the first brooding, angst-filled chorus, the narrative unfolds with fast-paced drama punctuated by arias of extraordinary beauty and chorales of profound faith, enhancing the significance and emotion that makes this one of the greatest masterpieces of choral orchestral repertoire.

In addition to Chiesa Ensemble, we are joined by top notch soloists including Lachlan Craig (Evangelist), Simon Christie (Jesus), Maaike Christie-Beekman (alto) and Nicola Holt (soprano), as well as up-and-coming stars LJ Crichton (tenor) and Will King (bass).

I’m keen to share my excitement and the history around this amazing work, and will be giving a pre-concert talk at 1pm. So come along to St Mary of the Angels on Sunday 14 April (Palm Sunday) for a performance to remember.

Tickets are available from choir members or online at Eventfinda … buy early and pay the pre-concert discount price of $35 (+ booking fee online) or $45 on the door for General Admission tickets. School children are free.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Best wishes,

Peter Walls