Bach St John Passion by Candlelight
Bach – St John Passion
Stephen Brown Evangelist
Andrew Davies Christus
St Martin’s Chorus
Andrew Earis Conductor
Brandenburg Sinfonia (Artistic Director: Bob Porter)
As well as its renowned work in the UK, the Brandenberg Sinfonia is also in great demand abroad and has, in recent years visited France, USA, Bermuda, the Channel Islands, Barbados, Cyprus, Malta and St Petersburg. The varied range of activities undertaken by the orchestra include a major concert series at St Martin-in-the- Fields and a major Classical Music cruise on the QE2. One of the recent highlights was an International Opera Gala conducted by Richard Bonynge in the presence of HRH Prince Charles. A large number of artists of international standing have worked with the orchestra including Richard Bonynge, Yvonne Kenny, Emmanuel Hurwitz, Lesley Garrett, John Georgiadis, John Wallace, Emma Kirkby, James Bowman and Gordon Hunt. Its repertoire ranges from Bach to Lloyd Webber and its members give over one hundred performances of orchestral, chamber choral and operatic music during the year.
St Martin’s Chorus is the newest choir at St Martin-in-the-Fields, founded in April 2015. It is an engaging and aspirational voluntary chamber choir that performs both major choral works and more intimate, small-scale works.
Andrew Earis is Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he oversees the Sound of St Martin’s church music and concert programmes in this busy London church. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Music and Imperial College, London, and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester. In addition to his duties at St Martin’s, Andrew is a regular contributor to BBC Radio and Television’s religious output, as a music advisor, conductor and organist to programmes including Radio 4 Sunday Worship and Daily Service and BBC1 Songs of Praise. Andrew is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and Fellow of Trinity College, London and has given organ recitals in venues including King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Washington National Cathedral, and has performed as soloist in performance of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony.