bury  singing bach  since choir  1932
bury                                 singing bach                                 since  choir                                 1932

Bach St John Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach

Our 90th Anniversary Concert

Saturday 19 March 2022


(ends 9.45pm approximately)


St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds


Robert Murray Evangelist / tenor

Graeme Danby Jesus

Fae Evelyn soprano

Valerie Reid mezzo-soprano

Tom Asher Pilate / bass


Suffolk Baroque Players

Bury Bach Choir               

Philip Reed conductor


Bach’s St John Passion was composed in 1724 and first performed as part of the Good Friday liturgy in Leipzig’s Nikolaikirche. This evening’s performance is given in celebration of the Bury Bach Choir’s 90th anniversary.


In his St John Passion, Bach dramatises in music Jesus’s final hours on earth, tracing the story of his arrest, the disciple Peter’s denial, Christ’s trial before Pilate and, finally, his crucifixion and burial. While the narrative is conveyed in music of direct emotional power, this is offset by a sequence of arias and chorales in which we are invited to contemplate our own response to this timeless story. 


Tonight’s soloists are second to none, led by Robert Murray as the Evangelist; the orchestra is pure baroque, and the choir will be at their best. This anniversary concert will be a performance to remember. Don’t miss it!



Booking opens 6 November 2021

Tickets £27 (reserved), £22 and £17 (unreserved)

Early booking discount £1 off all tickets booked by 31 December 2021 


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