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Bach St John Passion

Bach St John Passion

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  • Fri 19 Apr, 8:00pm – 9:40pm


St Mary's Pro Cathedral, 373 Manchester St, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $20.00
  • Concession: $15.00

J.S. Bach’s St John Passion will be performed at 8 pm on Good Friday, April 19, 2019, in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Manchester Street. Written for Good Friday, 1724, the Passion is a compact and intensely dramatic setting of St John’s description of Christ’s last hours.

Soloists will be Sarah-Jane Rennie, Margot Button, Ken Joblin and Chris Whelan, with Ben Madden as the Evangelist, and Adrian Lowe as tenor soloist. The orchestra will be led by Natalia M. Lomeiko, Continuo will be provided by Rebecca Bendre, cello, with Veronica van der Knaap on keyboard, and the performance will be directed by Don Whelan. On Easter Sunday morning, the 10.30 a.m. Solemn Mass will include Handel’s Worthy Is The Lamb & Amen chorus, the Byrd motet Haec Dies, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

A further opportunity to hear together some beautiful Mozart and a new Bach Cantata will be Sunday, June 16 at 3 pm, when the CBS musicians present Piano Concerto no. 20, with soloist Veronica van der Knaap, and Bach’s “St John” Cantata no. 30. Haydn’s Drumroll Symphony 103 and Creation Mass will be heard on Sunday, 29 September, and the annual performance of Messiah will be 2 pm, Sunday 15 December.

The weekly Wednesday at One Pro-Cathedral concert series continues to attract a supportive audience, and presents a variety of soloists, ensembles and orchestras. Besides experienced local professional players, opportunities are provided for advanced performers from Canterbury University’s School of Music, and some local secondary schools.

The cathedral musicians maintain an extensive repertoire of masses and motets, sung each Sunday at the 10.30 a.m. Solemn Choral Mass. New members are welcome to the 7.30 pm Wednesday evening rehearsal at the CBS Music Centre. Sight reading ability is expected.

A number of vacancies exist for choral leaders within the group, who enjoy unique opportunities to perform solo roles in significant Mass and motet settings with the orchestra and choir. Leadership awards, and other scholarships, are available to suitable applicants. Those interested are invited to contact the CBS Musical Director, Don Whelan, phone 358-5873.

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