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 congregational hymns, organ works, readings and two motets: one by Slovenian 16th-century composer Jacob Handl and a new commission from Alec Roth.


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 well-known congregational chorales (sung in English) with the help of our Academy of Vocal Music. 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 4.45pm.


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


Buy more – and save more!
Simply book for 3 or more different concerts and enjoy a range of benefits, including:

– savings of up to 30%
– exemption from the per ticket commission
– priority booking
– and more…


Read more about concert packages and how to book.


Priority booking for concert packages and our Host of Angels begins on 25 May 2016. Booking for 2 different concerts opens on 10 June 2016 and for single concerts on 22 June 2016.


Save 10% – Early Bird discount
Book your tickets by 30 June 2016 and save 10% off your order.  This is in addition to any savings on concert packages.


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

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