EX CATHEDRA | Baroque Passion: music of heartbreak & healing
Baroque Passion: music of heartbreak & healing


Sunday 11 February 2024, 4.00pm
Town Hall, Birmingham


Town Hall, Victoria Square
Birmingham, B3 3DQ

Baroque Passion: music of heartbreak & healing

EX CATHEDRA Consort & Continuo
Jeffrey Skidmore conductor
Andrew Skidmore cello

Bittersweet, sinuous and yearning for resolution, this is heart-rending music that tells of sacrifice and healing.

We share in Mary’s sorrow at the foot of the cross in Scarlatti’s dazzling Stabat Mater, feel the anguish as Jephte’s daughter weeps at her fate, and find solace in the glorious optimism of Bach’s Komm, Jesu, komm.

Programme includes:
JS Bach Prelude, Cello Suite No 1 in G (BWV 1007)
Purcell Hear my prayer, O Lord
Lotti Crucifixus
D Scarlatti Stabat mater
Monteverdi Maria, quid ploras?
Carissimi Lament (from Jephte)
JS Bach Komm, Jesu, komm (BWV 229)

Jeffrey writes:

"Baroque music is central to understanding western classical music and, as ever, it is at the heart of Ex Cathedra’s work. Our home town Birmingham, perhaps surprisingly, has a proud and distinguished history in this field and we continue our exploration of Birmingham Baroque with three programmes. Baroque Passion includes pieces from the full 150 years which define the period from Monteverdi through Purcell, Charpentier and Carissimi to the great Johann Sebastian Bach."

Running time: approx. 2 hours, including interval.

How to book

General sale opens on Mon 5 June 2023, 10am.
If you are a member of our Host of Angels, you will have been emailed a priority booking code for the date booking opens for you.

£46 / £36 / £26 / £15 including per ticket commission
£15 - aged 18-30, not in full-time education
£5 - under 18s and students in full-time education

Book online or call the B:Music box office on 0121 780 3333
Ex Cathedra is an Associate Artist at Symphony Hall & Town Hall (B:Music venues)

Buy 2+ concerts & save up to £10.50 per ticket

There are considerable savings if you book 2 or more tickets at the same time from the B:Music box office. Buying 5+ tickets at the same time also provides exemption from the box office’s £3.50 per ticket commission.

B:Music operate a Ticket Exchange Scheme should your plans change.


Jeffrey's introduction to the season

"Ex Cathedra is special. A highly regarded music critic once said that the choir was probably the best in the world. This is quite a claim and not only includes the technical virtuosity and unique chemistry of the singers but also the ethos of the ensemble, its ability and desire to communicate with audiences, its imaginative programming, its stylistic awareness and above all its humanity... Another leading commentator, festival director and respected musical thinker summed up our work by saying that Ex Cathedra was 'the most sophisticated, three dimensional and multi-layered of all the leading groups in the country'. This is high praise and something we strive to maintain."

Read the rest of Jeffrey's introduction here...