Season 2016-17: Good Friday Bach St John Passion

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Friday, 14 Apr 2017 2:00pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham

1617 Bach St John Passion

Ex Cathedra Choir & Baroque Orchestra
Ex Cathedra Academy of Vocal Music
Jeffrey Skidmore
Jeremy Budd Evangelist
James Geidt Jesus
Greg Skidmore Pilate
Angela Hicks, Katie Trethewey soprano
Martha McLorinan alto
Bradley Smith tenor


Bach’s St John Passion is more than one of the greatest of all sacred works. It’s a profound human drama; a heartbreaking musical exploration of timeless hopes and sorrows. As the final hours of Christ’s life are told, we are drawn by Bach’s music to feel the anger of the crowd, share the sorrow of the solo reflections and to empathise with Pilate’s predicament.



And, in this Luther500 year, this concert is a very rare opportunity to hear Bach’s masterpiece framed in its liturgical context as we include 3 congregational hymns, organ works, readings and two motets:
Jacob Handl Ecce quomodo moritur justus
Alec Roth Verlass uns nicht (world premiere)


Hymnsheets will be provided (download a copy here). You can also listen to the tunes:

O sacred head surrounded
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Lord Jesus Christ, be present now
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Now thank we all our God
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Join the pre-concert talk at 12.45pm to hear Alec Roth and Jeffrey discuss Bach’s sacred music in the context of Lutheran liturgy and its impact on the community. It is also your chance to rehearse the 3 audience hymns (sung in English) with the help of our Academy of Vocal Music and members of 5 community choirs. The pre-concert talk will be signed by a British Sign Language interpreter.


“particularly special” (Gramophone)


Sung in German with English subtitles.
This concert will end at approximately 4.55pm.


The commission of Verlass uns nicht by Alec Roth is supported by Isabel, Peter and Christopher in loving memory of Ernest Churcher. We would like to express our thanks for this wonderful gift.


£12.50 – £43 including per ticket commission
Call the THSH box office on 0121 780 3333 or book online (from 22 June 2016)




This concert is also part of the Birmingham Classical season, discounts may vary.

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