As Easter approaches, this is what I will be up to during April:
5 April 2014; Bob Chilcott St John Passion, York Minster
Chilcott’s 21st Century setting of the Passion story is both dramatic and beautiful. The Chapter House Choir is delighted to be joined by guest soloists Christopher O’Gorman (Evangelist) and Chris Thornton-Holmes (Jesus) along with an instrumental ensemble and singers from Cantores and St Olave’s Choir. The St John Passion was premiered at Wells Cathedral in 2013 and this will be its Northern Premiere.
The concert will also include the sublime Tenebrae Responses by Victoria.
11 April 2014; The Ebor Singers Into Darkness, Chapter House of York Minster
Have you ever listened to music live in darkness? Total darkness? Starting in candlelight and progressing to 100 percent pitch black, the concert will explore the transition from light to darkness, not just in its liturgical context, such as Holy Week Tenebrae, but as an auditory experience for choir and audience alike. The choir presents some of the most powerful and poignant choral music to come from the western world, with works including James MacMillan’s stunning Miserere and Whitacre’s beautiful Sleep juxtaposed — yet inextricably linked — with choral music by Brahms, Victoria and Lotti.
14,15,16 April 2014; The Ebor Singers sing Compline at York Minster
It has become tradition for The Ebor Singers to sing Compline at York Minster during Lent and Holy Week. This period of contemplation culminates in a performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion on 16 April at 7:30pm. This year the soloists will be Jason Darnell and Andrew Thompson.
Holy Week to Easter at York Minster
During this period, the Minster Choir explores some of the most sublime music ever written including; Tallis Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II (14th), Frank Martin Mass for double choir (17th), Bairstow’s Lamentation and The Reproaches of Sanders (18th). You can see full details on the Minster’s Music Scheme.