To mark the poignancy of Good Friday as part of the Cathedral's liturgical year, Coventry Cathedral Chorus will again perform Bob Chilcott's St John Passion, following our well received performance of the work two years ago.
The piece so beautifully captures the essence of the story, incorporating Bach's tradition of tenor Evangelist, several other soloists and a major role for the chorus. Bach's tradition was also that the congregation would join in the chorales. This rarely happens these days, but in Chilcott's piece, familiar passiontide hymns have been set for all to sing, but with new, approachable and quite lovely tunes. There is time within the performance for the tunes to be easily learned!
Preceding the Passion, the choir will sing Gerald Finzi's Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice, a setting of a poem by Richard Crashaw. The text of this extended anthem, which last 15 minutes, memorialises the celebration of the Eucharist, and as such is a wonderful way to set the scene for this Good Friday concert.
In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic we have reluctantly cancelled this concert.
In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic we have reluctantly cancelled this concert.