St Matthew Passion - J.S. Bach


St Matthew Passion


Saturday 24th March 2018




Lincoln Cathedral


Musica Donum Dei


Aric Prentice


Evangelist: Mark Wilde

Christus: Nicholas Mogg

Soprano: Phoebe Kirrage

Alto: Alexander Turner

Tenor: Matthew Keighley

Bass: Ossian Huskinson


Lincoln Choral Society

Lincoln Cathedral Choir

Lincoln Cathedral Consort

Lincoln Chorale

Lincoln Diocesan Ladies Choir

William Farr School Choir


Tickets can be obtained online via the Cathedral website: lincolncathedral and cost £50, £20, £15, £8 and £5.

The £50 seats include a pre-concert reception and talk, a complimentary programme, interval drink and premier seats.

St Matthew Passion

This monumental St Matthew Passion is hailed as the greatest setting of the Passion story in western music, but it was not until almost 100 years after its premiere that Bach’s music got the recognition it deserved.
Composed in 1727, it is a setting of sections of St Matthew’s Gospel, designed as part of Good Friday Vespers for the strict Lutheran stronghold of Leipzig. Following its premiere, it received two subsequent performances in 1736 and the 1740s. After that it was not performed again until its revival in Berlin in 1829 by Mendelssohn, which marked a renaissance of Bach’s sacred vocal music.
The St Matthew Passion, BWV 244, is a sacred oratorio written for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra, with libretto by Picander (Christian Friedrich Henrici). It sets chapters 26 and 27 of the Gospel of Matthew (in the German translation of Martin Luther) to music, with interspersed chorales and arias. The original Latin title: 'Passio Domini nostri J.C. secundum Evangelistam Matthæum' translates to "The Passion of our Lord J[esus] C[hrist] according to the Evangelist Matthew".
The St Matthew Passion was probably first performed on 11 April 1727 in the St. Thomas Church.

Future events include the following -further details will be added as they become available.

  • March 24th 2018: Bach: St Matthew Passion. This will be performed with Lincoln Cathedral choir.
  • Saturday 3rd November 2018: Britten's War Requiem. This will be performed with Grimsby and Scunthorpe choirs, Louth Choral Society, Gainsborough Choral Society, Lincoln Cathedral Choristers and Neustadt Liedertafel