East Sussex Bach Choir are holding an open workshop to sing and discover about Bach's masterpiece St John Passion. The singing will be conducted in German and assistance with pronunciation will be provided. Both experienced and inexperienced singers eager to learn the nuances of this dramatic masterpiece are welcome.
Unfairly regarded by some as the inferior older sibling to the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion is often regarded as more of an operatic than traditional Bach. The drama conveyed in Bach’s spectacular and reflective words and music was unrivalled and placed the St John Passion in a class of its own. Bach himself considered his St John setting, the longest work in his career up to that point, to be supremely important.
Perhaps the biggest joy of the St John Passion is that, for all the ferocity and sorrow of the Good Friday story, it is a truly optimistic work, anticipating the resurrection with music suffused with light and hope.
The programme for the workshop
The workshop will be hosted by East Sussex Bach Choir and led by the choir's musical director John Hancorn. The venue for occasion is the newly refurbished St John sub Castro church. Singers are requested to bring their own copy of the score, preferably Peters or Bärenreiter. The schedule for the workshop is as follows:
Saturday, 19th January: 14.00 Registration and coffee
14.30 - 16.00 Session 1
16.00 - 16.20 Refreshments
16.20 - 18.00 Session 2
Registration is now open. At the present time we have sufficient Alto voices however other voice parts are welcome to register. To register please contact Heide Hughes (membership secretary) in advance either by phone 01273 835295, or email, email@example.com to confirm a place.
The fee for the workshop is £15 which includes tea, coffee, and biscuits. Payment in advance by cheque is preferred however payment can be taken on the day of the workshop. Cheques should be made payable to East Sussex Bach Choir.
Please register early is recommended as places are likely to be limited.