Announcing our soloists for the St John Passion and Easter Oratorio

Our soloists for the St John Passion this year are Ben Johnson in the role of the Evangelist, Humphrey Thompson in the role of Christ, and Tom Lowen in the role of Pilate. They will be performing the annual St John Passion with the Oxford Bach Soloists on Good Friday.

OBS St John Passion Soloists

Friday 19 April, 1.30pm | PROGRAMME | JS Bach (1685 – 1750) | Johannes-Passion (St John Passion), BWV 245 | BOOK NOW

One of Bach’s best loved works, the St John Passion was first performed on Good Friday of 1724 in the St. Nicholas Church, Leipzig. ‘More daring, forceful and poetic’ than the St Matthew Passion, according to Schumann, this operatic work is presented by an ensemble of soloists, four-part choir, strings and basso continuo together with pairs of flauti traversi and oboes doubling on oboe da caccia. Bach also uses viola d’amore and viola da gamba to create special colours within the instrumental mix.

Our soloists for the Easter Oratorio this year are Aileen Thomson as Mary Jacobe, Esther Brazil as Mary Magdalene, Ruairi Bowen as Simon Peter, and Humphrey Thompson as John the Apostle. They will be performing the annual Cantata 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, and the Easter Oratorio with the Oxford Bach Soloists on Easter Saturday.

Easter Oratorio Soloists

Saturday 20 April, 3pm | PROGRAMME | JS Bach (1685 – 1750) | Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis (I had much grief), BWV 21 Oster-Oratorium (Easter Oratorio), BWV 249 | BOOK NOW

One of Bach’s earliest Weimar cantatas Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis is performed here in its first Leipzig version. Complete with 11 movements, the story takes us from darkness to blazing light. This journey from grief to joy is echoed in Bach’s dramatic Easter Oratorio. Told by four characters Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacobe, Simon Peter, and John the Apostle, it canters to the end in triumphant victory.

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