"The St John Passion (German: Johannes-Passion), BWV 245, is a Passion or oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach, the older of two surviving Passions by Bach. It was written during Bach's first year as director of church music in Leipzig and was first performed on April 7, 1724, at Good Friday Vespers at the St. Nicholas Church.
The structure of the work falls in two halves, intended to flank a sermon. The anonymous libretto draws on existing works (notably Brockes') and is compiled from recitatives and choruses narrating the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John, ariosos and arias reflecting on the action, and chorales using hymn tunes and texts familiar to a congregation of Bach's contemporaries. Compared with the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion has been described as more extravagant, with an expressive immediacy, at times more unbridled and less "finished". (Information courtesy of Wikipedia)"
Musical Director : Bob Porter
Stevenage Choral Society
Conductor : Robin Osterley
Location: St. Andrew and St. George's Church, Stevenage
Ticket Prices: £ 10 Adults (£ 12 bought at the door) and £ 5 for under 16s
For more information visit: www.stevenagechoral.org.uk or call 01438 365769