Sing with Easter Passion in Bottesford

The Cranmer Choir. EMN-141028-133757001
The Cranmer Choir. EMN-141028-133757001

The Cranmer Company of Singers is hosting a charity ‘Come and Sing’ at Easter.

The St Matthew Passion is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of classical sacred music, probably first performed in 1727 and written to present the story of the Passion at Good Friday vespers. Members of the public are being asked to take up the opportunity to sing Bach’s magnificent choruses.

This event, where the organisers and soloists freely give their time, was so well supported in 2014, that it raised £1,150 for the Tearfund, Syria.

The event will take place on Good Friday, April 3, at Bottesford Parish Church. Anybody who wishes to take part and sing will take part in a rehearsal from 4.30pm on the day. The performance starts at 7.30pm.

It costs £6 to sing. Anybody wishing to take part should contact Kate at katfish00@hotmail.com or call her on 01949 843386.

Singers can take along a picnic supper to have between rehearsal and performance, hopefully at a nearby venue.

The men are asked to dress in suit and tie and the women in sober Sunday best. Singing will be in English and music will be provided if required.

Musical director is Deborah Davies. There will be organ accompaniment by Philip Robinson with the Lirica Choir providing Ripieno Chorus. Local soloists Rachel King, Colin Reed and Geoff Harback will take part.

People are invited to go and watch the performance and make a donation to charity on the door.

This year the Cranmer Company of Singers will be singing in St Edmunsbury 
Cathedral in April and will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special concert on Saturday, July 25.