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Passion Sunday

Sunday 18 March 2018 -  5.30pm
John Stainer - The Crucifixion

On Passion Sunday, 18 March 2018 at 5.30pm, the choir will lead a devotional performance of John Stainer’s beloved oratorio, The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer. This work is no stranger to St Matthew’s; it has been sung on numerous occasions since its premiere in 1887.

The Crucifixion is scored for tenor and baritone soloists, choir and organ. It was dedicated to Stainer’s pupil and friend William Hodge, Organist & Choirmaster at Marylebone Parish Church in London, where the cantata was first performed. In composing The Crucifixion, Stainer’s intention was to provide a Passiontide cantata written in a musical language and on a scale that would put it within the scope of most parish church choirs. Its structure is modelled on the scheme of choruses, chorales, recitatives and arias of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. The Rev William Sparrow-Simpson, Succentor & Librarian of St Paul’s Cathedral, compiled the libretto, drawing on the Gospel accounts for the narrative elements of the story and writing the texts of the choruses, arias and hymns himself.

Our soloists will be Ronan Busfield (tenor) and Dan D’Souza (baritone), both accomplished opera and oratorio singers in their own right. As is custom, the congregation will be invited to take part in the five memorable hymns. If you would like to sing the choruses with the choir, please email Don Kennedy at Donkennedy@f2s.com for details. All are welcome.

A retiring collection will be taken to defer the costs of the service.


Passion Sunday Poster (PDF) (2.14MB)

Northampton Chamber Choir - Songs & Sonnets

Saturday 21 April 2018 – 7.30pm

Music inspired by Shakespeare
Shearing: Songs & Sonnets
Moeran: Songs for Springtime
Finzi: Let us garlands bring
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet
Stephen Meakins - Piano
Andrew Thompson - Baritone
Justin Miller - Conductor

Tickets £12 – free for under 19s, available via Facebook or online at www.northamptonchamberchoir.org.uk

Songs & Sonnets Poster (PDF) (1.41MB)

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