Preview: Portsmouth Choral Union with the Consort of Twelve – St Matthew Passion


The St. Matthew Passion is the largest single composition that Bach ever wrote and is considered by many to be one of the greatest creations of Western Civilization. Complete performances of this work are rare, and Portsmouth Choral Union will be restoring many of frequently omitted movements in their performance on Saturday 4th of April at St. Mary’s Portsea. Please note: This concert will begin at 6.30pm.

Accompanying PCU will be the Chichester based Consort of Twelve, one of the South of England’s leading ensembles of musicians who specialise in the performance of Baroque music using the styles, techniques and instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Many of their players regularly perform with some of the country’s most prestigious period orchestras, including The Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Monteverdi Orchestra, Orchestra Révolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists, The Hanover Band and Florilegium and La Serenissima. Their leader at this concert will be Sara Deborah Timossi.

In addition to their April performance, PCU will be holding a St Matthew Passion Day on Saturday 29 February. This immersive experience will draw participants into the drama and beauty of the story and its wonderful music. You will be very welcome to sing with PCU during this Choral Workshop, though some experience of singing this work is advised.

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