GUY CUTTING tenor © Ben McKee hi res 8509Tenor Guy Cutting sings Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion with the American Bach Soloists under Jeffrey Thomas with performances on March 22, 23, 24 & 25 in the San Francisco Bay area. Details here.

Nicholas Merryweather, baritoneBaritone Nicholas Merryweather will make his début with the Royal Northern Sinfonia singing Christus in the St Matthew Passion under the baton of music director Thomas Zehemair. The performance takes place at Sage Gateshead on April 19

Passion in P3

November 24, 2011

Helen-Jane Howells sings the soprano solos and Samuel Boden shares the role of the Evangelist in Vocal Futures’ staging of the St Matthew Passion. Accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with Suzi Digby conducting, the performances take place on November 28, 29 & 30 at Ambika P3, in Marylebone Road, London, an industrial space that will be transformed for the occasion. Patrick Kinmonth directs. http://www.vocalfutures.org/

Soprano Helen-Jane Howells makes her first appearance on BBC Radio 3 on April 21 at 19.00. Stepping in at short notice, Helen-Jane joined The Bach Choir, Florilegium and conductor David Hill for Bach’s St Matthew Passion recorded on April 10 at the Royal Festival Hall, London.  Full details can be found  here and the performance will be available to listen again for 7 days via BBC Iplayer.

David Hill’s new version of the Fauré Requiem for choir and small instrumental ensemble is broadcast on April 20 and will also be available on Iplayer for a week.

“Could anyone but David Hill have achieved such a fusion of English choral tradition and state-of-the-art baroque performance practice? I don’t think so. What an extraordinary contribution to our nation’s musical life he has made. The next time he dons morning dress, I hope it will be to receive a decoration at Buckingham Palace.”

Read the review in full at http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/damianthompson/100007360/middle-england-meets-its-saviour-the-bach-choirs-magnificent-st-matthew-passion/

David Hill’s most recent recording with The Bach Choir and The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Vaughan Willams’ Sancta Civitas and Dona Nobis Pacem has just been released on the Naxos label.