ARMONICO Consort celebrate Easter joined by one of the world’s most sought-after tenors, Ian Bostridge, to sing the role of the Evangelist in a seasonal performances of Bach’s choral masterpiece St John Passion at Warwick’s St Mary’s Church on Saturday April 9.
The concertwill be directed by Christopher Monks, founder of the critically-acclaimed choir and period instrument group, which is this year celebrating its 20th anniversary.
Mr Bostridge has been described by Opera Today as “the most iconic Evangelist of the last 20 years … an incomparable communicator, a singer of technical brilliance, and an impassioned, experienced interpreter of Bach’s music.”
“The St John Passion is perhaps the finest musical setting of the Passion of Christ”, said Mr Monks. “Bach’s exquisitely beautiful arias are intertwined with moments of dramatic choral intensity in this fast-paced retelling of a story of betrayal and sacrifice, courage and conviction.”
First performed on Good Friday 1724 in Leipzig, it was originally part of a service that would have included motets, hymns and a sermon.
Armonico Consort will play on instruments of the period to give real insight into how Bach would have heard his own music.
The concert strats at 7.30pm. Visit www.armonico.org.uk for tickets and further details.