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Next Concert - Bach's St John Passion

June 8th, 2024 at 7.30pm - St Saviour's Church in Brockenhurst

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We have a very special concert planned on Saturday June 8th and we hope you will be able to join us. Tickets are available now on Ticketsource.

 

2024 is the 60th anniversary of the Brockenhurst Choir and to celebrate this, we will be performing Bach’s magnificent St John Passion. 2024 also marks the 300th anniversary of the first performance of Bach’s masterpiece on Good Friday in 1724 in Leipzig. Still revered today, it remains among the composer’s most cherished works.

 

This powerful oratorio intertwines the agony of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, the disciples’ confusion, and the crowd’s tumultuous emotions, inviting the audience to immerse themselves in the drama through traditional German chorales (or hymns). The work is a testament to his genius, infusing vivid narratives from the gospel of John with arias, chorales and beautiful expressive choruses with his expressive musicality. Originally structured to complement a sermon, the work captures the essence of Christ’s passion.

This performance is a big and expensive venture for the choir – we will have a number of soloists and a larger orchestra than usual. Due to the increased costs, we have reluctantly decided to increase the ticket price (for this concert) to £20 - this will, however, include interval refreshments.

We are also planning to have a small display illustrating the choir’s history available for viewing during the interval.

Davena Hinton

In addition to the many anniversaries this year, the concert will be dedicated to the memory of Davena Shelley (formerly Hinton) who died this Easter. Davena was a founder member of the choir and her imaginative Christmas concert in December 1963 led to the choir’s formation. Impressively, the first concert was a performance of Haydn’s “Creation” in 1964 under the baton of our first conductor Ivy Bradley. Since then, a number of other conductors have led the choir in a wide range of repertoire from Gilbert and Sullivan in the early days to “The Armed Man”, “Carmina Burana”, Brahms Requiem, Vaughan WIlliams' Sea Symphony, the Messiah (several times) and many more.

 

Alex Eadon

Finally, and sadly, this will be the last concert for conductor Alex Eadon, who has been an inspiring leader. He has accepted the post of Head of Music at Sherborne School – a promotion and move to a location near his parents.

 

I very much hope you will join us at the Concert.

Alan Ford, 

Chairman

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