conductor – Charles Stewart
William Kendall (Evangelist)
Jimmy Holliday (Christus)
Katharine Fuge (soprano), Clare Wilkinson (mezzo soprano), Tim Lawrence (tenor) and Marcus Farnsworth (bass).
Tickets £10 / £18 / £25 (concessions available) available from me.
** please note the early start time for this performance **
‘Music much greater than I had dreamed.’ That’s how Southern Voices’ musical director, Charles Stewart, describes the riches of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, which we will be performing with Southern Sinfonia and an outstanding line-up of soloists.
Our interpretation of this timeless masterpiece will be all the more authentic thanks to Charles’ intensive study of the work during a recent sabbatical. “In the autumn of last year I had the privilege of studying the Matthew Passion musically, theologically and culturally for a whole term,” he explains. “Bach lavished such meticulous care and sheer genius of musical invention on each movement of the Passion, matching music to text and giving his immense work shape, coherence and power. When my sabbatical started I thought I knew this music. By the time it ended I realised it is much greater than I had dreamed.”
Charles’ unique insight as musician and priest will be brought together in an informal pre-performance Study Day in Winchester on Saturday 5 March. The day will unlock many musical riches by exploring the impact and implications of words from St Matthew’s Gospel as seen through the sublime and dramatic music to which Bach sets them.
We hope you will be able to join us for both the Study Day and the performance. Booking is now open for both events but please note that Study Day tickets can only be purchased through the choir.