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There are now less than two weeks to go before our dramatised St Matthew Passion. There was a real buzz at last week’s rehearsal, not least because we realised what a privilege it is going to be to hear great soloists and players from close quarters.

We asked a selection of our soloists and players to fill in a five minute questionnaire.

Is there a composer whose work you couldn’t live without?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, 6 out of 7 respondants said “Bach”, or in the case of  Oliver Webber (violin): “Monteverdi. No, wait, Purcell. Or Bach. Aargh! Don’t make me choose! :)”

What is the piece of music you play most at the moment?
Helen Charlston (mezzo soprano): I’m listening to and watching quite a lot of Wagner at the moment, as I’m trying to know the Ring Cycle properly ….
Liam Byrne (gamba): Edmund Finnis “Lines Curved Rivers Mirrored” (2014) for solo bass viol.
Stefanie Heichelheim (viola): Right now it’s Passion season, therefore St Matthew and St John Passion by JS Bach.
Oliver Webber (violin): The programme for a recital in Krakow of Italian 17th century violin music.
Miles Golding (violin): “Felicitous” by Michael Proksch, a Trinity Grade 2 Piano piece. I’m at last learning how to play the piano properly, and there’s a short passage of semiquavers in the right hand that I find very hard to execute with evenness of touch and rhythm.
Benjamin Goodson (conductor): Whatever I’m working on! I’ve also been listening to the latest Adele album, and Bon Iver and Norah Jones always.
Tom Guthrie (Christus and staging director): Cosi fan Tutti which starts rehearsals on Monday!

Saturday 13 February 2016, St Albans Abbey. Tickets here. Do join us.

Miriam McKay. Lea Singers Chair. 31 January 2016.

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Dramatised St Matthew Passion

Saturday 13 February 7pm
St Albans Abbey

Evangelist – James Gilchrist

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