classical music

The Bach Choir: St Matthew Passion

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

The Bach Choir’s annual performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion is sung in English in this much-anticipated fixture in London’s musical calendar.

In a Palm Sunday performance, the oratorio tells the story of the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus.

The first part includes the last supper and the betrayal and arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The second part depicts the trial, crucifixion and burial of Jesus, ending with the chorus ‘in tears of grief’. Bach knew that in a few days his parishioners would be celebrating Jesus’ resurrection at Easter.

The story is told by the Evangelist, a role for tenor voice.

In this performance he is played by Nick Pritchard, called 'a supple, lucid Evangelist' by The Guardian.

Soprano Sophie Bevan won an MBE in 2019 for her services to music.

Ensemble Florilegium specialises in Baroque music.


David Hill conductor
Nick Pritchard tenor, Evangelist
Mark Stone baritone, Christ
Sophie Bevan soprano
Jane Irwin mezzo-soprano
Toby Spence tenor
Morgan Pearse bass
The Bach Choir


JS Bach: St Matthew Passion (complete, performed in English)

Dates & times

28 Mar 2021
Approximate run time: 285 mins
Run times may vary, find out more


Royal Festival Hall


£14 - £60
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£14, £25, £37, £44, £60


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Event information
Please note that there is a long lunch interval between Parts I and II.
Part II begins at 2.15pm