Stroud Choral Presents Bach St John Passion


A warm welcome awaits you at Stroud Choral Society’s Spring Concert at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Cirencester on Saturday 10th March at 7.00pm

After performing in other venues recently such as Tewkesbury Abbey and Bath Abbey this will be our first concert in Cirencester. We are very excited about this and are looking forward with great anticipation to coming back to perform in the Cotswolds especially at such a wonderful venue. We are one of the oldest choral societies in the country and were founded in the first part of the nineteenth century following the opening of the Stroud Subscription Rooms in 1834. We currently have around 140 members of all ages.

The St John Passion was written during Bach’s first year as director of church music in Leipzig and was first performed on April 7, 1724. The structure of the work falls in two halves narrating the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John. Ariosos and arias reflect on the action, and chorales use hymn tunes and texts that would have been familiar to a contemporary congregation. Compared with the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion has been described as more extravagant, with an expressive immediacy, at times more unbridled and less “finished”. Our performance falls just before Easter which of course is the perfect time for such an emotional and moving piece.

The Society, along with the excellent Canzona Period Ensemble and four professional soloists, will be conducted by Huw Williams who is also Director of Music at Bath Abbey.

Tickets are £15 (under 16’s free) and are available from Cirencester Visitor Centre on 01285 654180, via the box office at www.subscriptionrooms.org.uk 01453 760900, from Choir members or on the door.

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