Concerts & Events

For the 2017/18 season we are covering a variety of styles, but the major work in the Spring of 2018 is Bach’s St Matthew Passion in York Minster.

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2017/18 CONCERTS

J S Bach: ST MATTHEW PASSION
YORK MINSTER SATURDAY 24TH MARCH 2018

Soloists:

Paul Smy Evangelist 

Jonathan May Jesus

Anita Watson, soprano

Kate Symonds-Joy, mezzo-soprano

Ben Thapa, tenor

Alex Ashworth, bass

York Minster is the appropriately magnificent setting for this monumental choral work. The YMS chorus, orchestra and six soloists will tell the story of Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion and burial in a work that has been described as a unique human achievement.

Bach created his Passion from choruses both small and large, with arias for specific characters such as Jesus, Judas, Peter and Pontius Pilate. The Evangelist, a role for tenor voice, is the narrator and moves the drama along. The chorus and orchestra are split in two to create a stunning musical effect. Supporting Bach’s structure are three grand choruses – at the beginning, middle and end – which frame the music.

Though the work was originally written in German, YMS will perform the English translation.

Senior Choristers of York Minster will be singing the ‘ripieno’ part in the first half of the work.

Saturday 24 March 2018 7.30pm

York Minster

 

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