Next concert


Ely Choral Society’s next concert will be Bach’s St. John Passion performed in the Nave of Ely Cathedral on Saturday 24th March 2018 at 7:30 pm. This promises to be a very special performance sung in English and taking full advantage of the wonderful acoustic of the Nave of the Cathedral. The soloists will be led by Rogers Covey-Crump as the Evangelist and accompanied by an orchestra of period instruments of the Chameleon Arts Baroque Orchestra with Edmund Aldhouse, organ continuo.


Whilst the St John Passion has mostly been performed in German over the last forty years a superb recent translation into English will give us the opportunity to hear events unfold in our own language. The concert will be conducted by Andrew Parnell.


The St. John Passion was written during Bach's first year as director of church music in Leipzig and was first performed on April 7, 1724. The structure of the work falls in two halves, intended to flank a sermon. The anonymous libretto draws on existing works and is compiled from recitatives and choruses narrating the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John, with arias reflecting on the action, and chorales using hymn tunes and texts familiar to a congregation in Bach's time.


Tickets will be on sale at £25, £20, £15, £8 and £5 for under 18s at the Ely Cathedral Box Office from 22nd January 2018.