Choristers of Chelmsford Cathedral Choir will be joining the Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society and orchestra for their forthcoming performance of Bach’s powerful St.Matthew Passion on Saturday 1 April at the Cathedral.
This marvellous work, based on verses from the bible, Matthew 26:1-56, 26:57-76 and 27:1-66 has held audiences in its thrall since it premiered in Leipzig nearly 300 years ago. Scholars believe it was premiered sometime between 1727 and 1729, and was revised by Bach in 1736.
With six soloists and two choirs the Passion creates a musical and moving evocation of the events, and the characters and their feelings on Good Friday. It includes the Song of Songs in the opening to Part 2.
The professional soloists, under the baton of musical director Tim Hooper, are Daniel Norman, Evangelist, Daniel Rudge, Christus, James McOran-Campbell, Pilate/bass, Alexandra Kidgell, soprano, Frances Bourne, mezzo-soprano and Richard Rowntree, tenor.
One of the South East’s leading choirs, the 100 strong Hutton and Shenfield Choral Society, which was formed in 1967, are regular performers in Chelmsford Cathedral and this is their first performance in their 60th anniversary year. Later in the year they will be performing Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Brentwood Centre on Saturday 8 July.
Tickets for all their performances are available from Pat Clark tel 07540 087220 email firstname.lastname@example.org or from www.ticketsource.co.uk/huttonshenfieldchoralsociety or on the door priced £18 for the centre block and £15 (£6 students/children) all other areas.
Guest speaker Giles Fraser
Tickets £25 are available from Yvonne Spence
Giles Anthony Fraser is an Anglican priest, journalist and broadcaster. He is currently the parish priest at St Mary's, Newington, near the Elephant and Castle, south London, and writes a weekly Saturday column for The Guardian, as well as appearing frequently on BBC Radio 4. He is a regular contributor on Thought for the Day and a panellist on The Moral Maze.
He was formerly lecturer in philosophy at Wadham College, Oxford and a visiting professor in the anthropology department at the London School of Economics. Giles was Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral and director of the St Paul’s Institute from 2009 until his resignation in October 2011 following the Occupy Protest. As Canon Chancellor, he had special responsibility for contemporary ethics and engagement with the City of London as a financial centre.
Giles Fraser is well known as an engaging, entertaining and challenging preacher, teacher and speaker.