24th March 2018

'St. John Passion' in Ely Cathedral


"Ely Choral Society, the Chameleon Arts Baroque Orchestra, soloists and organist gave a splendid performance of Bach’s St. John’s Passion in Ely Cathedral on Saturday. Under the baton of director Andrew Parnell, the choir flourished, often giving an emotive, responsive and well-disciplined comment on events.


Under his direction this work was given new life, and with Rogers Covey-Crump as the Evangelist, the die was cast: this was going to be a marvellous performance and indeed it was. Rogers Covey-Crump held the narrator part magnificently, telling the story clearly, expressively and highly effectively, drawing us inextricably into events.


The other soloists were also impressive and included Henry Hawkesworth (representing Jesus), Camilla Harris (soprano), Helen Charlston (alto), Hiroshi Amako (tenor) and Julian Chou-Lambert (bass) along with Angelica Hunt (representing the Maid), Nicholas Ward (Peter), Charles Schneider (officer) and David Gascoigne (servant).


With diverse authentic sounds coming from the orchestra, the instrumentalists enhanced the performance particularly well, giving the whole work credence.


Edmund Aldhouse, renowned Assistant Organist at Ely Cathedral, as always, accompanied superbly on the organ when required.


The next event featuring Ely Choral Society is on Saturday July 7 at 7.30pm in the Hayward Theatre, King’s School, Ely."


Rosemary Westwell




Ely Choral Society Reviews


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