St John Passion

Sat, 23 March 2019

St Albans Choral Society


George Vass 

Kirsty Hopkins 

Mezzo Soprano 
Rebecca Afonwy-Jones

Tenor - Evangelist
Mark Dobell  

Greg Tassell

Felix Kemp

Bass Baritone - Christus
Edward Grint

Accompanying Orchestra
Orchestra Nova



J S Bach St John Passion

Johann Sebastian Bach’s first musical setting of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, first heard nearly 300 years ago on Good Friday 1724, is full of colour and emotional depth. More intense than its later sister piece, the St Matthew Passion, the St John combines high drama and challenging introspection with some of the most intense and experimental music that Bach ever composed. 

Exquisite solo arias and chorales allow space for contemplation in Bach’s almost operatic treatment of Christ’s Passion. But increasingly the drama moves at breakneck pace propelled by the chorus giving full force to the visceral urgency, anger, betrayal and sorrow of the Biblical texts. Bach’s setting of the events leading to Christ’s crucifixion has transcended time and place to become one of the greatest works of all western classical music.


St Albans Choral Society is one of Hertfordshire’s leading amateur choirs; it gave its first concert in December 1944 and since then has performed a huge part of the choral repertoire with music ranging from the Baroque to the present day. The Society has an enviable reputation for the commissioning and performance of new choral work and enjoys a fruitful relationship with Orchestra Nova, its regular performance partner.

Recent repertoire has included the Requiems of Fauré and Duruflé, Handel Messiah and Dettingen Te Deum, Mozart Mass in C minor, Beethoven Mass in C, Britten St Nicholas and work by contemporary composers including Sally Beamish, James Francis Brown, Gabriel Jackson, Cecilia McDowall, Tarik O’Regan and Peteris Vasks.

Firmly rooted in the local community, St Albans Choral Society has also been involved in education outreach with local primary schools and the choir’s singing group regularly performs to people in senior living accommodation who are unable to attend concerts.

Celebrated British conductor and festival director, George Vass, was appointed music director of the choir in 1994; in 2017, he was presented with a BASCA Gold Badge Award for his support of the British song-writing and composing community.



£28 - Centre front with full view                                                     

£22 - Centre middle with full view or slight restricted view

£16 - Centre towards back with full view or restricted view

£10 - Centre back with full view   

£10 - No view at sides (seats will only be released when seats with views have sold out)



Children (under 18) -  £5

Full time Students - £5


Limited Wheelchair spaces with Carer going free. 

Wheelchair spaces and carer discounts can only be booked through the Box Office. Please call 01727 890290 or visit the Cathedral.

Entry by the Cedar Tree Door, Sumpter Yard. Doors open 7.00pm. Performance starts 7.30pm and ends approximately 10 pm with a 20 minute interval.


St Albans Choral Society Friends and Patrons needs to be signed into their customer account for any discount codes to be applied.   





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