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JS Bach | St John Passion


JS Bach
‘St John Passion’


About this Concert

Bach’s first great sacred masterpiece, the St John Passion, recounts Christ’s final days from the betrayal of Judas to the preparation for laying the body in the tomb.

Bach’s extraordinary music brings to life the humanity of the drama. The chorus takes on the role of the crowd, reflecting, together with the solo arias, on the progression of the Easter story. The narrative is sung by the tenor Evangelist and the entire work is bound together by chorales – German hymns greatly enhanced by Bach’s harmonic invention, culminating in arguably Bach’s finest chorale: ‘then from death awake me, I will praise you for ever’ – heart-rending and inspirational.

Canterbury Choral Society will again be joined by The Hanover Band, alongside an exceptional line up of soloists.



Canterbury Choral Society
Canterbury Choral Society Youth Choir
The Hanover Band

Richard Cooke, conductor

Christopher Bowen, Evangelist
William Gaunt, Christus
Rebecca Lea, soprano
David Allsopp, counter-tenor
Joseph Doody, tenor
Jimmy Holliday, bass

Sung in German


This event is organised, managed and delivered
by Canterbury Choral Society.


“Strings are gleaming and engaged, their woodwind sublime, their brass bright and flexible, their percussion alert….”

The Independent on Sunday

18 March 2023
7:30 pm

Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury CT1 2EH
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Tickets £32, £27, £21, £17, £10 (Incl. £1.50 booking fee)
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The Hanover Band

HANOVER (Not Hannover; Germany) In terms of British history the majority of the music we play is from the Hanoverian period. Hanover also refers to Hanover Square in London, where Haydn performed his symphonies and arias in the Salomon Concerts in the 1790’s.

BAND (ref: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians)
‘An instrumental ensemble, larger than a chamber ensemble. Thus the ’24 violins’ of Louis XIV were called ‘la grande bande’ to distinguish them from Lully’s ‘petits violons’, and Charles II’s similar ensemble was known as ‘the King’s Band’. By extension, ‘band’ came to mean an orchestra in colloquial British usage’.

THE HANOVER BAND a period name for a period orchestra.

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