Bach St John Passion - April 2019 Concert Review

Submitted by huw on Tue, 05/09/2023 - 08:13
RCS in performance April 2019

Review of St John's Passion by J.S.Bach, Ashwell Church    
6th April 2019

This beautiful piece of work was undertaken by Royston Choral Society and Haileybury Choral Society. In the first part we commenced with the choir giving an accomplished opening singing in the original German text. The singing and diction was clear and built up the excitement of the opening piece with hushed tones when required and strong crescendos.

We were then introduced to the soloists including the evangelist Daniel Joy, Jesus, Lukas Kargl, alto Kate Symonds-Joy and soprano Elisabeth Weisberg. We were treated to the beautiful tones of the tenor aria performed by Matthew Keighley. East Herts Sinfonia accompanied all with accuracy and fluency. They worked well under the direction of Andrew O'Brien, the musical director.

The second part, even more challenging, we found the choir did not disappoint with their passionate cries of ‘kreuzige’ adding to the drama of the piece. We were introduced to Pilate, Philip Craven, who came through showing his desire to fulfil the will of the people.

The final large chorus of ‘Ruht Wohl’ was delivered with care and commitment and left the audience clear that this was a hugely moving and sensitive piece which underlined the tragedy of the story of the crucifixion.

The concert was well attended ( rightfully so) and we look forward to hearing these accomplished singers at future events.

A.Prosser/ P.Rock

Further pictures from the concert courtesy of Sue Sanders can be found here