Amplethorpe choir gets ready for performance of St Matthew Passion

Gazette & Herald: Amplethorpe choir gets ready for ‘greatest work of all’ Amplethorpe choir gets ready for ‘greatest work of all’

Ampleforth Abbey’s Heads of Schola, Peter Dunn and Katherine Wren, have been rehearsing hard for tomorrow’s performance of the St Matthew Passion.

The work is a sacred oratorio from the passions written by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1727. Ampleforth has a very proud musical heritage which comes primarily from its roots as one of the world’s leading Benedictine educational institutions.

Ampleforth’s director of music, Ian Little, said: “Bach’s St Matthew Passion is probably the greatest work of them all. This is a long, difficult piece of music and the forces required (two orchestras, two choirs, an additional treble choir, six soloists and a host of minor solo roles) make it an ambitious challenge for students, but one they have shown they are more than capable of meeting.”

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