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J. S. Bach St Matthew Passion

March: Valencia|Pamplona|Barcelona|Lucerne| Amsterdam|Brussels|Paris|London

June: Braunschweig|Leipzig|Aldeburgh Festival

August: San Sebastian|Santander|Edinburgh International Festival 

 

September: Wroclaw|Final date to be announced


 

As Easter approaches, the Monteverdi ensembles begin their principal 2016 project: a tour of Bach's passiontide oratorio across Europe. The St Matthew Passion tour begins in Spain almost 290 years after the work was first performed and travels across Europe visiting France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. 

As part of the tour, the Monteverdi ensembles will return to Leipzig in June 2016 to perform this magnificent work at the Bach-Archiv in Thomaskirche, Bach's own church where the St Matthew Passion was first performed on 11 March 1725.

In an unprecedented tour de force: the Monteverdi Choir will be performing the work entirely from memory. For a choir that has scaled great artistic heights and even won the title of ‘best in the world’, this abandoning of the safety blanket of the written page may seem mere bravado; in fact it stems from the desire to seek a level of communication with the audience that would be unachievable from behind the barrier of the score.

The St Matthew Passion is often described as Bach’s crowning masterpiece: a score which he painstakingly reworked and revised, leaving the impression that he was aspiring to some sort of ideal. Even today in a mostly secular society, this masterpiece of the Lutheran church tradition can have an overwhelming effect on audiences, being essentially a human drama of immense struggle, betrayal and forgiveness, love and sacrifice, compassion and pity.

 

Wednesday 15 June 2016

20.00  

Venue: Kaiserdom Königslutter, Braunschweig

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

James Gilchrist | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir

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Thursday 16 June 2016

20.00  

Venue: Thomaskirche, Leipzig

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

James Gilchrist | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir

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Saturday 18 June 2016

19.00  

Venue: Aldeburgh Festival

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

James Gilchrist | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir

Children's Choir: Trinity Boy’s Choir 

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Friday 5 August 2016

19.00  

Venue: Kursaal Auditorium, San Sebastian

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

James Gilchrist | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir
 

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Saturday 6 August 2016

20.30  

Venue: Palacio de Festivales, Festival Internacional Santander

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

James Gilchrist | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir
 

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Saturday 13 August 2016

19.30  

Venue: Usher Hall, Edinburgh International Festival

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

James Gilchrist | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir
 

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Sunday 18 September 2016

19.00  

Venue: Wratislavia Cantans Festival

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Mark Padmore | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir
 

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Friday 11 March 2016

19.00

Venue: Palau de la Musica, Valencia

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Mark Padmore | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir

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Sunday 13 March 2016

19.00

Venue: Baluarte de Pamplona

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Mark Padmore | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir

Children's Choir: Escolania del Orfeon Pamplones 

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Tuesday 15 March 2016

20.30

Venue: Palau de la Musica Catalana, Barcelona

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Mark Padmore | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir

Children's Choir: Cor Infantil de l’Orfeó Català 

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Thursday 17 March 2016

19.30  

Venue: KKL Concert Hall, Lucerne

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Mark Padmore | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir

Children's Choir: Luzerner Sängerknaben 

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Tuesday 22 March 2016

19.30  

Venue: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Mark Padmore | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir

Children's Choir: Netherlands Youth Choir 

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Wednesday 23 March 2016

20.00  

Venue: Bozar, Brussels

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Mark Padmore | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir

Performance in memory of the victims of the 22nd March attacks. More information

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Friday 25 March 2016

19:30  

Venue: Philharmonie de Paris

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Mark Padmore | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir

Children's Choir: Les Pages du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles 

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Saturday 26 March 2016

18.30  

Venue: Barbican Hall, London

Monteverdi Choir | English Baroque Soloists | Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Mark Padmore | Evangelist
Stephan Loges | Christus
Hannah Morrison | Soprano
With further soloists from the Monteverdi Choir

Children's Choir: Trinity Boy’s Choir 

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Meet the soloists

Mark Padmore, Evangelist

Mark Padmore -c Marco BorgrevveMark Padmore has an international career in opera, concert and recital. His appearances in Bach Passions have gained particular notice especially his acclaimed performances as Evangelist in the St Matthew and St John Passions with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, staged by Peter Sellars, including Berlin, Salzburg, New York and the BBC Proms. He appears with the world’s leading orchestras including the Munich Radio, Berlin, Vienna, New York, London Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philharmonia and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Recent opera highlights include Harrison Birtwistle The Corridor and The Cure (Aldeburgh Festival and London); Handel Jephtha (WNO and ENO); Captain Vere Billy Budd and Evangelist in a staged St Matthew Passion (Glyndebourne Festival); Peter Quint in an acclaimed BBC TV production of Britten The Turn of the Screw and has recorded the title role La Clemenza di Tito with René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi). Future plans include George Benjamin Written on Skin with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. Mark gives recitals worldwide. He appears frequently at Wigmore Hall, London where has twice sung all three Schubert cycles. He has also performed them in Vienna and Paris. Award winning recordings include Handel arias As Steals the Morn; the Schubert cycles with Paul Lewis; Schumann Dichterliebe; Britten’s Serenade, Nocturne and Finzi Dies Natalis with the Britten Sinfonia (Harmonia Mundi) and a DVD of the staged St Matthew Passion (Berlin Philharmonic/Rattle). Mark is Artistic Director of the St Endellion Summer Music Festival in Cornwall.


James Gilchrist, Evangelist

James-GilchristJames Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996. His musical interest was fired at a young age, singing first as a chorister in the choir of New College, Oxford, and later as a choral scholar in King’s College Choir, Cambridge. James’ extensive concert repertoire has seen him perform in major concert halls throughout the world, with conductors including Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington, Bernard Labadie, Harry Christophers, Harry Bicket and the late Sir Richard Hickox, to name but a few. As the Evangelist in J.S. Bach’s great Passions of St John and St Matthew, James works consistently at the highest level. James enjoys successful recital partnerships with accompanists Anna Tilbrook, Julius Drake and harpist Alison Nicholls. His many critically-acclaimed recordings include Die Schöne Mullerin, Schwanengesang and Winterreise for Orchid, title role Albert Herring and Vaughan William’s A Poisoned Kiss for Chandos and On Wenlock Edge, Leighton Earth, Sweet Earth and Britten’s Winter Words for Linn. The 2015/2016 season includes performances with Handel’s Messiah with Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in Toronto, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and with the Academy of Ancient Music, a recital with Julius Drake at the Concertgebouw and Haydn’s The Creation with Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia.


Stephan Loges, Christus

Stephan Loges - credit Alexander BarnesBorn in Dresden, Stephan studied at the Hochshule der Kunste, Berlin and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and was an early winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition. Plans this season and beyond include Golaud Pélleas et Mélisande with English Touring Opera; Mozart Requiem with Manchester Camerata and Father Trulove The Rake’s Progress on a European tour. Recitals include a return to Wigmore Hall and a series of recitals for the Oxford Lieder Festival. Recent highlights include Britten War Requiem with Melbourne and Sapporo Symphony Orchestras; Mozart Requiem with the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra and Bernard Labadie; Mass in C Minor with Olari Elts in Portugal; Beethoven Symphony No 9 and Penderecki 3 Chinese Songs with the Ulster Orchestra; Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Robin Ticciati; Haydn Creation with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra; Die Jahreszeiten with the Semperoper Dresden; The Seven Last Words with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Saariaho The Tempest Songbook with Scharoun Ensemble at Philharmonie Köln; Mozart Coronation Mass and Haydn Stabat Mater with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Fabio Biondi and regular appearances with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He has given recitals worldwide, including regular appearances at Wigmore Hall, London and for Oxford Lieder, as well as Carnegie Hall, New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Vienna Konzerthaus, Klavierfestival Ruhr, La Monnaie Brussels, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Santiago de Compostela, BBC Radio 3 and the Vocal Arts Series in Washington with pianists Roger Vignoles, Simon Lepper, Iain Burnside, Alexander Schmalcz, Eugene Asti and Llyr Williams.


Hannah Morrison, Soprano

Hannah Morrison - credit Rolf Franke Born into a Scottish-Icelandic family, soprano Hannah Morrison collaborates on a regular basis with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, under whose direction she made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2013 in Alexander’s Feast (Handel). Under Gardiner’s baton she went on to sing in Schumann’s Paradise and the Peri and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 2014. For the 2015/16 season she will go on tour with Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. Hannah regularly makes guest appearances with Les Arts Florissants conducted by Paul Agnew. The CD “Harmonia Sacra” (with William Christie) was released on Virgin Classics in 2007. During the 2015/2016 season she will perform once more with Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan in Bach’s Mass in B Minor. She will also make a guest appearance in Montreal in a Bach/Kuhnau programme with the Ario Baroque Orchestra conducted by Alexander Weimann, and will sing Telemann’s Pimpinone with Hermann Max and Das Kleine Konzert in Knechtsteden. As a solo song performer she is invited to give Lied recitals with Joseph Middleton at the Beethovenhaus in Bonn (October 2015) and at Cologne Philharmonie (May 2016). She has already given vocal recitals in the UK with pianists Eugene Asti and Graham Johnson at Oxford Festival, as well as in outstanding London venues such as Kings Place and Wigmore Hall. Hannah Morrison grew up in Holland, where she studied voice and piano. She has since completed a “Masters in Music in Performance” at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Professor Rudolf Piernay.



Soloists from the choir

Eleanor Minney RMobley credit Liz Linder lr Clare W by Marco Borggreve lr
Eleanor Minney
Alto
Reginald Mobley
Countertenor
Clare Wilkinson
Alto

Andrew Tortise - image credit Hayden Phoenix

Gareth Treseder
Andrew Tortise
Tenor
Gareth Treseder
Tenor
 Alex Ashworth  NMogg  
Ashley Riches
 
Jonathan Sells
Alex Ashworth
Bass
Nicholas Mogg
Bass
Ashley Riches
Bass
Jonathan Sells
Bass