Issued: 23 March
BACH ST MATTHEWPASSION, Good Friday 10 April (2pm)
Birmingham?s internationally renowned early music choir and ensemble, Ex Cathedra, is to give Symphony Hall?s annual Good Friday performance of Bach?s St Matthew Passion (Friday 10 April, 2pm). Conducted by founder and Artistic Director, Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra Choir and Baroque Orchestra of period instruments will be joined by soloists Jeremy Budd and Eamonn Dougan.
At the forefront of the international early music scene, Ex Cathedra is known for its vibrant performances in Birmingham and elsewhere, and can be expected to bring fresh insight into Bach?s dramatic masterpiece.
The tradition of Symphony Hall?s annual Good Friday performance of St Matthew Passion was begun in 1992 by Sir David Willcocks and The Bach Choir, and has continued each year since.
Ex Cathedra perform Bach?s St Matthew Passion on Good Friday, 10 April at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The performance begins at 2pm and there is an extended interval for tea. Tickets, priced from £5 are available from Town Hall & Symphony Hall Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or www.thsh.co.uk.
Note to Editors
Good Friday 10 April 2009, 2pm Symphony Hall
Bach: St Matthew Passion
Ex Cathedra Soloists, Choir & Baroque Orchestra
Jeffrey Skidmore, conductor
Soloists: *Jeremy Budd Evangelist, Eamonn Dougan Christus
*please note change to original cast list
Tickets: £5-£37.50 (with concessions)
There will be an extended interval for tea and the performance will end at approx 6pm
Event page: http://www.thsh.co.uk/view/good-friday-st-matthew-passion1
Ex Cathedra website: http://www.ex-cathedra.org/
Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.
Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).