JS Bach: St John Passion
Bach’s moving musical setting, sung in English.
Saturday, 19th March 2016, 7.30pm
All Saints’ Church, The Drive, Hove, BN3 3QE
Tickets: Standard £15, Concessions £12, Students £6, Free for under 17s
Bach’s St John Passion was composed during his first year as director of music at Leipzig in 1724 with the libretto drawn mainly from chapters 18 and 19 of John. Part 1 narrates the betrayal of Jesus by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane and Jesus’ arrest. After an interval (for an hour-long sermon in Bach’s day!), Part 2 recounts the trial before Pilate, the crucifixion and the burial. The Evangelist is the main narrator, while other soloists sing the words of the main characters: Jesus, Pilate, Peter, the maid; the chorus represents the crowd. Bach added just two short scenes to John’s text, both taken from Matthew: Peter’s tears when the cock crows after he has denied Jesus for the third time; and the rending of the curtain in the temple after Jesus’ death. The narrative is interspersed with arias and chorales based either on Lutheran hymn tunes or other well-known 16th/17th century chorales.
All Saints is conveniently located on the corner of The Drive and Eaton Road and is served by many buses including the Nos 2, 2a, 5, 5a, 5b, 7, 21, 21a. Hove Station is a 5 – 10 minute walk away. There is a Multi-Storey ‘pay and display’ car park on Norton Road just a 6 minute walk away and plenty of ‘pay and display’ on-street parking in the surrounding roads. Pay and display is reasonably priced for Brighton & Hove at £1 per hour.