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St John Passion

Calling all singers! Take part in the St John Passion

We are delighted to invite alumni of the College and Choir to take part in a performance of Bach’s St John Passion on June 12th 2022 at St Giles’ Church, Cambridge.

The College Choir will be joined by the Cambridge Baroque Camerata, whose members include some of the UK’s finest baroque instrumentalists. Many of the solos are sung by external professionals, and we are delighted that  former Master and Honorary Fellow Lord Rowan Williams will be singing the part of Christus. We are most grateful to Mr Philip Carne MBE (1958) whose generous support has enabled this event to take place.

Alumni are encouraged to join in this performance by singing the chorales, which intersperse the narrative and offer reflection and spiritual contemplation.

Those taking part will be invited to rehearse with the Director of College Music, Graham Walker, in Magdalene's Cripps Auditorium between 11.00am and 12.30pm; this will be followed by a general rehearsal at St Giles’ church (located just over the road from College on Chesterton Road) between 3.00pm and 4.00pm; tea will be provided after the rehearsal finishes. The performance begins at 5.00pm and should finish shortly after 7.00pm.

Tickets for the concert will be available for the general public, alumni, and friends to purchase, and further details will be provided in due course. 

To register to take part as a choral performer in the St John Passion, please complete the form below. All alumni are most welcome to register, regardless of ability!

Alumni performers are asked to bring their own copies of the Passion, which should be in German. The College Choir are using Barenreiter edition, and whilst other editions are perfectly acceptable, the numbering of the movements varies significantly from edition to edition, and we would therefore strongly encourage you to bring a Barenreiter copy if you can.

Following the performance the choir will be having informal dinner and drinks at the Castle pub on Castle Street, and alumni singers and their guests are warmly invited to join them. 

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