Bach St John Passion by Candlelight
Bach – St John Passion
St Martin’s Voices
St Martin’s Consort
Andrew Earis Conductor
Based on chapters 18 and 19 of the Gospel of John, Bach’s St John Passion premiered in 1724, and is well-known for its masterfully evocative portrayal of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Christ. Tonight, on Good Friday, St Martin’s Voices welcome you to the beautifully resonant setting of St Martin-in-the-Fields for an atmospheric candlelit performance of Bach’s celebrated oratorio.
St Martin’s Voices is the newest vocal ensemble of St Martin-in-the-Fields. The professional choir is primarily made up of talented past and present choral scholars who come together to sing world-class concerts and special services at St Martin-in-the-Fields and beyond.
In their opening season, St Martin’s Voices performed the World Première of The Lantern Carols by Sasha Johnson Manning and Sharon Grenham-Toze. In January 2014, they performed Annelies: A Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank by James Whitbourn for Holocaust Memorial Day.
Recent St Martin’s Voices concerts include A Celebration of William Lloyd Webber, with renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, and If Music be the Food of Love: A concert to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. St Martin’s Voices have recently broadcast Sunday Worship and Daily Service on BBC Radio 4, as well as recorded Christmas in Blue, a CD of jazz carols arranged by the celebrated composer Will Todd.
As well as their extensive concert programme, St Martin’s Voices explore the great classical music of our religious heritage at Great Sacred Music every Thursday at 1pm. Admission is free.
Andrew Earis is Director of Music at St Martin-in-the-Fields, where he oversees the church music and concert programmes. 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. He is also Director of Music of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, the National Musicians’ Church in the City of London. Andrew is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and Fellow of Trinity College, London. Andrew 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.