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      April 10, 2020

      Friday   8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

      373 Manchester St, Christchurch
      Christchurch, Canterbury 8013

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      Bach St John Passion

      J.S. Bach’s St John Passion will be performed at 8 pm on Good Friday, April 10, 2020, in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Manchester Street. Written for Good Friday, 1724, the Passion is a compact and intensely dramatic setting of St John’s description of Christ’s last hours.

      Soloists will be Stephanie Waterhouse, Louisa Pilkington, Ken Joblin, Wally Enright and Chris Whelan, with Ben Madden as the Evangelist, and Adrian Lowe as tenor soloist. The orchestra will be led by Natalia M. Lomeiko, Continuo will be provided by Rebecca Bendre, cello, with Veronica van der Knaap on keyboard, and the performance will be directed by Don Whelan. On Easter Sunday morning, 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.

      Marking the Beethoven anniversary year, the CBS musicians present on March 8 his Eroica Symphony No. 3 and on November 22 his Fifth Symphony and Choral Fantasy. Haydn’s London Symphony 104 and Harmoniemesse will be heard on Sunday, 27 September, and the annual performance of Messiah will be 2 pm, Sunday 13 December.

      The weekly Wednesday at One Pro-Cathedral concert series continues to attract a supportive audience, and presents a variety of soloists, ensembles and orchestras. Besides experienced local professional players, opportunities are provided for advanced performers from Canterbury University’s School of Music, and some local secondary schools. Performers through March and April include Veronica van der Knaap, piano, and organists Chris Hainsworth, Nicholas Sutcliffe, Alex Goodwin, Max Toth and Martin Setchell, who performs with soprano Sarah-Jane Rennie.

      The cathedral musicians maintain 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 at the CBS Music Centre. Sight reading ability is expected. A number of vacancies exist for choral leaders within the group, who enjoy unique opportunities to perform solo roles in significant Mass and motet settings with the orchestra and choir. Leadership awards, and other scholarships, are available to suitable applicants. Those interested are invited to contact the CBS Musical Director, Don Whelan, phone 358-5873.

      Cost: Payment required - $20 & $15

      Categories: Performing Arts

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