Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Schütz : St Matthew Passion - Baroque Collective Singers

Baroque Collective Singers
Sunday 13 April, 6pm

St Michael’s Church, High Street, Lewes BN7 1XN

John Hancorn, Conductor
Edmund Hastings, Evangelist
Andrew Robinson, Christus

Following their debut concert in December, the Baroque Collective Singers  present Heinrich Schütz’s St Matthew Passion.  Dating from 1666 and setting the same text as J. S. Bach’s later St Matthew Passion, Schütz’s a cappella work features the solo tenor Evangelist dramatically reciting the Easter Story; Christ as a majestic yet sorrowful visionary; excitable Peter; fanatical Judas; Pilate, well-meaning and reserved; and the pompous and hypocritical high priest Kaiphas. The choruses allow the audience to witness the dramatic events of the Passion as they unfold.

Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672) is generally regarded as the most important German composer before J. S. Bach and ranks alongside Monteverdi as one of the great composers of the 17th century. His three Passion settings represent an extraordinary late flowering; he wrote them when he was in his eighties.

Founded by conductor John Hancorn, the Baroque Collective Singers are drawn from the best choirs in the area and aim to explore core baroque repertoire alongside more unusual or neglected works.
Tickets: £10 (under 16s free) available from Lewes Tourist Information Centre, 01273 483338 or on the door.

John Hancorn

Edmund Hastings (photo: Rogue Photography)

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