St Albans Bach Choir: JS Bach - St Matthew Passion St Albans Bach Choir Andrew Lucas conductor Mary Bevan Soprano Alexander Chance Counter Tenor Ed Lyon Tenor (Evangelist) Robert Murray Tenor Soloist Roderick Williams Bass Soloist Stephan Loges Bass (Christus) Sinfonia Verdi St Albans Bach Choir gave its first concert in 1924, a performance of JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion. On Saturday the 23 March 2024 the Choir will mark its Centenary by performing the same work in the same place, St Albans Cathedral. The Choir presents a wide variety of music, staging three major concerts and two charity carol concerts each year in the Cathedral. Andrew Lucas, the Cathedral’s Master of the Music, has been the Choir’s Music Director since 1998. He retires in the Summer of 2024 and on Saturday the 6th July will conduct his farewell concert, again in St Albans Cathedral. Recent performances have included JS Bach – St John Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Verdi’s Requiem (at Cadogan Hall), Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, and Duruflé’s Requiem. In 2013, 2015 and again in 2019, the Choir performed with John Rutter and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for their popular carol concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. In April last year members of the choir joined with several other choirs and Southbank Sinfonia to perform Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius in Rome at the invitation of the Vatican. In July 2023 the Choir performed Berlioz Te Deum as the centrepiece of the International Organ Festival in St Albans Cathedral. In November 2023, the Choir performed John Rutter’s Magnificat and Requiem, the latter being conducted by the composer himself. Tickets: £36, £32, £28, £20, £15 No view seats will only be released when seats with views have sold out. Concessions: Children under 16 £15, Students (full time) with ID £15. Not available for Premium seats. Carers/Companions free. Seats marked with a K are only to be booked by people accompanying the adjacent wheelchair user. Only one companion ticket is permitted per transaction. Doors will open 30 minutes before concert starts. There is an interval of 15 minutes during this performance.