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Bach’s great St Matthew Passion at St Paul’s Covent Garden and Hampstead Parish Church – and cantatas at Royal College of Music

30 March, 2017 — By Sebastian Taylor

Johann Sebastian Bach

JS Bach is out and about in the run-up to Easter. There are two St Matthew Passion concerts in contrasting styles.

At St Paul’s, the Actors Church in Covent Garden, on Saturday evening, the great work is given the full treatment, six soloists, two chamber choirs, children’s choir and Linden Baroque Orchestra playing period instruments. Peter Fender conducts.

At Hampstead Parish Church on Sunday evening, the work is being performed by the perfessional choir and solists, a children’s choir and the crack baroque combo, the Emsemble Passio. John Sherlock conducts.

On a more intimate scale, the monthly series of Bach cantatas continues at the Royal Academy of Music on Sunday morning (actually afternoon as 12 noon is the start-time). Being performed are three cantatas tackling complex doctrines about sin and redemption in different, compelling ways.

• April 1: Bach’s St Matthew Passion: Three choirs + Linden Baroque, St Paul’s Covent Garden, Bedford Street, WC2E 9ED. 6.30pm, £20/cons £15, under 16s free,
• April 2: Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row, NW3 6UU, 6pm, free,
• April 2: Bach Cantatas, Royal College of Music, Marylebone Road, NW1, 020 7873 7300, 12 noon, £15/cons £12,

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