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St John Passion


Fri 2 Apr 2010, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, 122 Barbadoes St, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Programme Admission: $20.00
  • Concession Programme Admission: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Don Whelan

J.S. Bach’s St John Passion will be performed at 8 pm on Good Friday, April 2, 2010, in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Written for Good Friday in 1723, the Passion is a compact and intensely dramatic setting of St John’s description of Christ’s last hours.

The CBS Junior Choir will join the cathedral choir during the chorales, and soloists will be Elizabeth Emeleus, Ruth Reid, Wally Enright, Howard Harvey and Chris Whelan, with John Murray as the Evangelist. David Williams will lead the orchestra, with Ellen Doyle, cello, and Michael Lawrence, harpsichord, and the performance will be directed by Don Whelan. On Easter Sunday morning, the liturgy of the 10.30 a.m. Solemn Mass will include Handel’s Worthy Is The Lamb & Amen chorus, the Byrd motet Haec Dies, and Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

CBS Music undertook a highly successful 9th international tour through December and January, experiencing a Lithuanian Christmas in Vilnius, and performing in Lisbon Cathedral on New Year’s Day, and Seville Cathedral on the Feast of the Epiphany. Travel plans for this year include Wellington and Palmerston North over Show Weekend, and concerts for choir and orchestra are scheduled for 3 pm, Sunday, 27 June, and 8 pm, Saturday, 25 September.

The cathedral music programme maintains an extensive repertoire of masses and motets, sung each Sunday at the 10.30 a.m. Solemn Choral Mass. New members are welcome to the 7.30 pm Wednesday evening rehearsal in the Music Centre. Sight reading ability is expected. Scholarships and awards, worth up to $2000 per year, are available to suitable applicants. Those interested are invited to contact the musical director, Don Whelan, phone 358-5873.

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