Tuesday 21 September 2021

Returning to performance: three young ensembles join forces for immersive performances of Bach's St Matthew Passion

Bach: St Matthew Passion - Scherzo, The Strand Consort, Mozaique Baroque Ensemble, Matthew O'Keeffe
Three young ensembles are coming together to present an ambitious project designed to re-engage the public after the pandemic. Scherzo Ensemble (director Matthew O'Keeffe), the professional development platform for young singers, The Strand Consort (director Joseph Fort), a choir which draws its singers from an elite pool of alumni from the UK’s top musical institutions, and Mozaique, a young international ensemble Mozaïque has its roots at the University Mozarteum Salzburg, will be combining to perform Bach's St Matthew Passion in London, Winchester and Bromley.

Conducted by Matthew O'Keeffe, the performances take place at the chapel of King's College, London (28 October 2021), Winchester College Chapel (30 October 2021) and St Mark's Church, Bromley (31 October 2021) and will include soloist Maria Hegele, mezzo-soprano, Michael Ronan, bass-baritone, Lauren Lodge-Campbell, soprano, and Ruari Bowen, tenor, plus Mozaique Baroque Ensemble and The Strand Consort. The performances will will feature the exhibition of artwork, curated by Dr Imogen Tedbury, which responds to elements of Jesus’ passion story, displayed sequentially during the performance. What’s more, audiences will be invited to sing the chorales with the chorus and to attend a Come & Sing rehearsal half an hour before each concert.

Full details from the Scherzo Ensemble website and the Strand Consort website.

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