St Matthew Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach - Autumn 2018

Bach’s most dramatic work

Conductor 
Jonathan Peter Kenny

‘Jonathan Peter Kenny conducts the Old Street Band with an admirably crisp sense of the drama unfolding around him’

★★★★ INDEPENDENT

‘immersive, direct and passionate’

Bachtrack

‘This was sublime. I was moved to tears and never wanted it to finish. I have never experienced such a wonderful connection between the soloists, between the soloists and the musicians, and the soloists and the choir and audience. You all told the story so movingly with so much compassion. We were all captivated and felt hugely involved.’

Audience member, Wiltshire Music Centre 2018

‘One of the most intense, uplifting musical experiences I have had, and it was a privilege to be in the audience.’

Audience member, Saffron Hall 2018

In partnership with 23 different choirs around the country, our soloists and the Old Street Band, led by Jonathan Peter Kenny, will conclude our 3-year cycle of Bach’s major works with the St Matthew Passion. Following the overwhelming success of our St John Passion and B minor Mass performances, these concerts are sure to sell out very quickly, so join us for intense performances of the greatest music ever written by a man of faith.

Sung in German with English surtitles

Participating Choirs
London
Temple Church, Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir
Holy Trinity and Saint Silas CE Primary School

Lancaster Priory
Lancaster Priory Bach Choir
Lancaster Priory Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs

St John’s Church, Workington
Cockermouth Harmonic
Cockermouth School Choir
Wigton Choral Society
University of Cumbria Choral Society

Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Wulfrun Singers
Members from the Kidderminster Choral Society
Lichfield Gospel Choir

Saffron Hall
Granta Chorale
SWCHS Voices
SCYM Junior Choir

Wiltshire Music Centre
Cantamus Chamber Choir
Wiltshire Music Centre Chorus

Blackburn Cathedral
The Renaissance Singers of Blackburn Cathedral
Bolton Junior Youth Choir

Firth Hall, Sheffield
Sheffield Chamber Choir
Sterndale Singers
Escafeld Chorale
Sheffield Chorale

Exeter Cathedral
Antiphon
Schola Exe
St Peter’s Preparatory School Choir

Great Malvern Priory
Hill Singers

Stoller Hall, Manchester
Chetham’s Chamber Choir
Manchester Cathedral Choristers

Running time: approx 2 hours 50 mins (inc. interval)

Showing At

  1. Temple Church, London
    18th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  2. Lancaster Priory
    20th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  3. St John's Church, Workington
    21st Oct 2018 - 6:30 pm
  4. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    29th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  5. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    4th Nov 2018 - 3:00 pm
  6. Wiltshire Music Centre
    11th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  7. Blackburn Cathedral
    17th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  8. Firth Hall, Sheffield
    18th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Cathedral
    23rd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  10. Great Malvern Priory
    27th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  11. The Stoller Hall, Manchester
    28th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  1. Temple Church, London — 18th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Temple, London , EC4Y 7BB

  2. Lancaster Priory — 20th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm

    LA1 1XB

  3. St John's Church, Workington — 21st Oct 2018 - 6:30 pm

    Washington Street, Workington, CA14 3DS

  4. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre — 29th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Lichfield Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1DE

  5. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden — 4th Nov 2018 - 3:00 pm

    Audley End Road, Saffron Walden , CB11 4UH

  6. Wiltshire Music Centre — 11th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Ashley Rd, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1DZ

  7. Blackburn Cathedral — 17th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Cathedral Close, BB1 5AA

  8. Firth Hall, Sheffield — 18th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN

  9. Exeter Cathedral — 23rd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    1 The Cloisters, Exeter, EX1 1HS

  10. Great Malvern Priory — 27th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Church Street, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 2AY

  11. The Stoller Hall, Manchester — 28th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

    Hunts Bank , Manchester, M3 1DA

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Jonathan Peter Kenny

Conductor

Jonathan is from Liverpool and studied at the University of Exeter and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is a founder of the Old Street Band.

He has performed a wide range of music from Monteverdi to the present day, including 14 Handel operas, 13 oratorios and numerous premieres for composers such as Michael Nyman, Jonathan Dove, Pawel Mykietyn, Fabio Vacchi, Deirdre Gribbin, Thomas Ades and Roxanna Panufnik. He has sung for the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Royal Opera Copenhagen, Salzburg Festival, Halle Handel Festival, Badischestaatsteater Karlsruhe, BBC Proms, Glimmerglass Festival NY, Teatr Wielki Warsaw, Opera du Rhin and in Australia and Japan.

Jonathan has performed with Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, Gabrieli Consort, Ulster Orchestra under such conductors as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Richard Hickox, David Parry, Ivan Fischer, Thierry Fischer, Jane Glover, Andrew Parrott, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Ivor Bolton, Paul McCreesh, Harry Bicket. Recordings include Mattheus-Passion (Miller/Goodwin); Agrippina (Gardiner); Buxtehude/Cantatas (Immerseel); La conversione di Clodoveo (Gester); Israel in Babylon (Fontaine).

Jonathan is baroque specialist at the Royal College of Music International Opera School and prepared singers for Handel’s Poro, Atalanta, Alessandro, Il pastor fido and Rodelinda, as well as Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea with Michael Rosewell whom he also assisted on Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. For Trinity-Laban, Jonathan worked on Giustino and Rinaldo.

Jonathan’s performing edition of Tamerlano has been performed in London, Melbourne, Lisbon, Dublin and Prague.

After many years leading his own ensembles, Jonathan made his operatic conducting debut in 2005 with a staging of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on Valentia Island for artist Dorothy Cross and OTC Dublin. The film was shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art and in Los Angeles. In 2007 he conducted a new production of Handel’s Teseo for ETO, touring the UK, and in 2009 a new production of Flavio which opened to great enthusiasm as part of the HANDELFEST marking the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death. From these performances, a new period instrument orchestra, the Old Street Band, was formed, making a highly acclaimed debut in autumn 2011 in a new production of Xerxes. Other appearances include a staging of Carissimi’s Jephte for the National Churches Trust; Monteverdi: 1610 and all that at the RCM and a highly praised The Duchess of Malfi Webster/Gesualdo at the Royal and Derngate Theatre Northampton.

Plans include a revival of Flavio, a production of Alcina in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, where Ariosto (author of Orlando furioso on which Alcina is based) was governor, in summer 2012, a reconstruction of Muzio Scevola (Amadei/Buoncini/Handel) and a new production of Agrippina.

Cast

Ellie Laugharne

Ellie Laugharne

Soprano

Susanna Fairbairn

Susanna Fairbairn

Soprano

Katie Bray

Katie Bray

Alto

William Towers

William Towers

Countertenor

Benjamin Williamson

Benjamin Williamson

Countertenor

John-Colyn Gyeantey

John-Colyn Gyeantey

Tenor

Studied at the RCM, NOS and Accademia Rossiniana, Pesaro.

Rossini roles include Ramiro La Cenerentola (Oper Schloss Hallwyl, Glyndebourne on Tour); Ruodi Guillaume Tell and Aronne Mosé in Egitto (covers for WNO); Comte Ory Le Comte Ory (Opera South); Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia (WNO, Diva Opera and Festival Musique Cordiale); Zefirino Il viaggio a Reims, (Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro); Gernando/Ubaldo Armida (St. John’s, Smith Square). He has sung Nemorino L’elisir d’amore for the Anghiari Festival; Pylade Iphigénie en Tauride, Ubaldo/Ghino Pia de’ Tolomei, Arnalta The Coronation of Poppea, and Egeus Jason by Cavalli all for ETO; and Luke in Tippett’s The Ice Break (Birmingham Opera). Other roles include Romeo Romeo and Juliet (Riverside Opera); Don Ottavio Don Giovanni (Mid-Wales Opera); Camille de Rosillon The Merry Widow (Scottish Opera); Tamino The Magic Flute (Iford Arts and Swansea City Opera).

Richard Dowling

Richard Dowling

Tenor

Frederick Long

Frederick Long

Basss

Andrew Slater

Andrew Slater

Bass

Andrew studied at Royal Northern College of Music and St Petersburg Conservatoire. He has performed more than 75 opera roles including Lotario, Ariodate, Falstaff, Bottom, Bartolo, Blitch, Alfonso, Donald and Araspe (All ETO); Ben Selim (Royal Opera House), Nachtigal (Grange Park Opera), Golaud (Glyndebourne Touring Opera), Faninal (Scottish Opera), Basilio (Welsh National Opera), Sacristan (Opera North), Colline (English National Opera) etc.

Recordings include Nyman, Love Counts and Mozart 252 (MNR); Michael Berkeley, Jane Eyre (Chandos); Stravinsky, The Flood (Twentieth Century Classics).

‘Jonathan Peter Kenny conducts the Old Street Band with an admirably crisp sense of the drama unfolding around him’

★★★★ INDEPENDENT

‘immersive, direct and passionate’

Bachtrack

‘This was sublime. I was moved to tears and never wanted it to finish. I have never experienced such a wonderful connection between the soloists, between the soloists and the musicians, and the soloists and the choir and audience. You all told the story so movingly with so much compassion. We were all captivated and felt hugely involved.’

Audience member, Wiltshire Music Centre 2018

‘One of the most intense, uplifting musical experiences I have had, and it was a privilege to be in the audience.’

Audience member, Saffron Hall 2018

Showing At

  1. Temple Church, London
    18th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  2. Lancaster Priory
    20th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  3. St John's Church, Workington
    21st Oct 2018 - 6:30 pm
  4. Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
    29th Oct 2018 - 7:30 pm
  5. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    4th Nov 2018 - 3:00 pm
  6. Wiltshire Music Centre
    11th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  7. Blackburn Cathedral
    17th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  8. Firth Hall, Sheffield
    18th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Cathedral
    23rd Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  10. Great Malvern Priory
    27th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm
  11. The Stoller Hall, Manchester
    28th Nov 2018 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. A beautifully crafted production combining amateur and top professionals in darkest Cumbria. My how your light burned tonight.

    Thank you for a lovely rendering of Bach, in St Johns Church, Workington.

    Said Paul Caine at 22:05pm on 21st Oct 2018

  2. Stunning performance that changed my perspective on classical music. It went from something I was forced to do by my mum to a life changing experience to sing with English touring Opera.
    Thank you all, you are all truly amazing people and we hope to sing with you again in the not to distant future.

    Said Cockermouth school student at 08:12am on 24th Oct 2018

  3. I participated in the chorus of the St Matthew Passion on 11 Nov 18 at the Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Ian, with the ETO and the Old Street Band. They were stunning, and the way they engaged everyone on and off stage was inspirational. All the soloists were exemplary, accompanied by superb playing from the band, especially the 2 Oboe da Caccia - amazing instruments !

    I would recommend the ETO to anyone who want to see and hear music in a fresh and interactive way.

    Said Ian Richardson at 07:12am on 12th Nov 2018

  4. At the end of the Sheffield performance last night a member of the audience sitting behind my daughter said to her:
    "That was bloody brilliant! We went to X last Easter to see the Passion and it was this famous conductor and it was just turgid and boring, really disappointing, but this was absolutely brilliant!"

    Said John Schofield at 16:19pm on 19th Nov 2018

  5. Malvern Priory last Sunday: a compelling,masterful performance brought to life by the dramatic interaction of singers and musicians; JSBach's genius made manifest. More powerful than any sermon. We suffered with Christ.Thank You.

    Said Chris Williams at 18:19pm on 29th Nov 2018

  6. This was my first experience of one of the great pieces of church music when I started Grammar School. I've loved church music ever since. How lucky you were to hear a live performance.

    Said Sheila Jones at 21:16pm on 4th Dec 2018

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