A Bach-free good Friday from the Wigmore for Boden

Tenor Samuel Boden replaces a cancelled Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion in Rotterdam by joining viol consort Fretwork in a Bach-free event on Good Friday with Johan Sebastiani (1622-1683) St Matthew Passion from Wigmore Hall. Available online at from 15:00 BST on April 2 for 90 days.

Passion in P3

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/

Helen-Jane Howells Radio 3 début

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.

The Bach Choir’s magnificent St Matthew Passion

“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.