Sir Roger Norrington is conducting Bach's St John Passion in the Chapel this Sunday (27 July 2014).
Sir Roger is a celebrated pioneer of period performance and celebrates his eightieth birthday this year. He is conducting the Zürcher Kammerorchester and Zürcher Sing-Akademie in Bach’s great devotional oratorio.
Composed for the Good Friday Vespers service of 1724, Bach wrote the Passion – his most substantial work up to that point – during his first winter as Kantor of the Thomaskirche and Nicholaskirche in Leipzig.
With its dramatic recitatives and vivid choruses, reflective chorales, and astonishingly beautiful arias, the John Passion has an intense emotional appeal that makes it one of the true treasures of the oratorio repertoire.
A stellar line-up of soloists includes leading English tenor James Gilchrist singing the pivotal role of the Evangelist. The other soloists are Neal Davies (Christus), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Clint van der Lindt (counter tenor) and Rudolf Rosen (bass).
Tickets: Front Antechapel £55, £45, £35, rear antechapel £20. Unsighted tickets are £10. You can book online or in person from the Cambridge Corn Exchange Box Office (01223 357851). The concert starts at 7.30pm.