Bach's St Matthew Passion

On Wednesday 17th April at 7:00 pm Bach's St. Matthew Passion will be performed by our own Church choir augmented by Vocalis (Harrogate's premier chamber choir), six excellent soloists, and the professional Harrogate Bach Players.

The work tells the story of the last days of Jesus Christ, including the Last Supper, the Agony in the Garden, his betrayal and arrest, Peter's denial, Jesus appearing before Pilate, his crucifixion and death, and the laying of Jesus's body in the tomb.  The story is told through music by an Evangelist, with dramatic interjections from the other soloists and chorus.  Throughout the work there are reflective arias and chorales which contemplate the part of the story just related.  This is a marvellous opportunity to experience a familiar story enhanced by descriptive music, alongside moments of reflection upon what the story should mean to us today.

We are performing the St Matthew Passion in a new English translation which aims to combine the imagery of the original German with minimal alteration to Bach's music.  The hope is that our audience will experience this well-known story anew via the words and music.  The text of the new translation will be printed in the concert programme.  Tickets are £12, available from St. Peter's Parish Office (01423 568218) or choir members, or on the door.  Please come!