Musical Offerings and Events
The St. petersburg festival chorus and orchestra
Bob Chilcott: St. John Passion
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Bob Chilcott, 63, is a British choral composer, conductor and singer. He is principal guest conductor of the BBC Singers and was principal conductor of the chorus at the Royal College of Music in London for seven years. He sang tenor with the King’s Singers from 1985 to 1997. His wide-ranging compositions include music for children’s choirs, sacred works, cantatas, and musical settings of Aesop’s Fables.
His setting of the St. John Passion, which premiered at Wells Cathedral in 2013, follows the format established by Bach, with the story narrated in recitative by a tenor evangelist interspersed with interjections from the chorus (as the crowd) and from Pilate and Jesus, the whole being interwoven with chorales and meditations sung by the choir. This hour-long Passion includes hymns for congregational singing, variations on familiar Passiontide hymns, including “There is a green hill far away” and “When I survey the wondrous cross.”
A $10 offering is suggested.
Sundays January 27, February 24, March 24 and April 28
These services of sung Evening Prayer, as outlined in the Book of Common Prayer, are offered by the Cathedral Chamber Choir on the fourth Sunday of the month. These services offer something for everyone — a place for prayer and reflection, enjoyment of unique choral arrangements for music lovers, a centering time with music and scripture. An organ prelude is at 4:45 pm with Evensong at 5:00 pm. A freewill offering is taken and a reception follows the service.