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Preview: Bob Chilcott’s St John Passion by Chichester Voices

06/03/2019

This delightful modern setting of the Passion will be performed by Chichester Voices at their Lent concert on Thursday April 4th 2019. It features two professional soloists, taking the parts of the Evangelist and Jesus, together with a brass ensemble, viola, cello, timpani & organ.

This is a beautiful, compelling piece employing a similar structure to the great Passions of J S Bach, in that the narrative, sung by the tenor Evangelist, is sung in an arioso style that gains momentum as the drama unfolds. There are also five settings of Passiontide hymn texts which are designed to be sung by the choir and audience/congregation together. The choir sings four meditations that punctuate various points in the drama, and also plays the part of the crowd or a group of soldiers who comment from time to time in short outbursts.

The work will be sung without an interval & lasts about an hour.

This concert is being given in aid of The Ripple Pond, a local charity which provides a self-help support network for the adult family members of physically or emotionally injured Service Personnel and Veterans.

Pictured: The Maritime Brass Ensemble

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