April 20, 2019

Easter Passion 2019

Stunning, beautiful, spine – tingling and heart-touching performance of Bach’s St John Passion. Eight pm on Good Friday 19 April 2019 the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament (CBS) Choir and Orchestra gathered in pin-dropping electric silence on the Altar steps at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Manchester street Christchurch NZ. The opening wave-like melody line kept the audience in suspense and wondering what was going to happen. And happen it soon did with a mind-blowing burst of “Hail” from the choir. This heralded an ever mounting tension from the Narrator’s recital of the story of the Trial and execution by crucifiction of Jesus Christ over two thousand years ago. Soloists featured key moments of the story and the choir and orchestra also moving the story forward with choruses and chorales. The final movements brought this part of the story to a exquisite resting place which hinted at coming again.

YES. Jesus came back from the dead and met with disciples to prosper his truths and Gospels and still lives in the hearts and minds and souls of believers. The CBS forces gather again for Mozart’s Coronation Mass on Sunday 21 April 2019 at St Mary’s for 10.30am to celebrate his resurrection with the glorious “Worthy is the Lamb and Amen Chorus from Handel’s Massiah. These things are a living miracle of meaning, faith and music.

World renowned CBS at St Mary’s during St John’s Passion at Easter (19 April 2019)
Photo courtesy Amama Thornley