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Choral Foundation Concert: The Crucifixion by John Stainer

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A wonderful opportunity to listen to a concert featuring the Salisbury Cathedral Choir, Salisbury Cathedral Youth Choir and the St John Singers. They will be conducted by Stephen Abbott and David Halls with John Challenger as organist. They will be performing:

  • John Sanders' The Reproaches; 
  • Marcel Dupré's Crucifixion from Symphonie-Passion Op.23; 
  • John Stainer's The Crucifixion.

John Sanders was an English organist, conductor, choir trainer and composer. He was organist of Gloucester Cathedral from 1967 to 1994 and director of the Three Choirs Festival from 1968 to 1994. The Reproaches is a sublime piece of unaccompanied music and is performed in many English cathedrals on Good Friday

Marcel Dupré (1886-1971), one of the most outstanding organists of his generation, made the first of his many visits to America in 1921. He refers in his memoirs to the evening of 8 December when, at a recital he was giving in the Wanamaker Auditorium in Philadelphia, he was offered several liturgical themes on which to improvise and he instantly decided to improvise an organ symphony in four movements which depicted in music the life of Jesus. This improvisation became the basis of his Symphonie-Passion which he began to compose on his return to France.

The Crucifixion, a Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer, is an oratorio composed by John Stainer in 1887. It is scored for choir and organ, with solos for tenor and bass and includes five hymns, some of which have become well-known in their own right. The work was first performed on February 24, 1887 in Marylebone Parish Church. Its structure is clearly modelled on the scheme of choruses, chorales, recitatives and arias of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, which in 1873 Stainer had introduced into the Music for Holy Week at St Paul’s Cathedral.


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Tickets: £15.00 from Salisbury PlayhousePlease click on 'Book this event' at the top of the page.

Running time approximately 1hour 30minutes (no interval)

Please note if you have requested to collect your tickets from the venue - this will be Salisbury Cathedral and NOT Salisbury Playhouse. The Box Office opens at 18.30 on 28th March 2018.