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Journeys through Europe were an educational rite of passage which flourished through the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. Searching for art, culture and education through the exposure of classical antiquity and the Renaissance, they became extremely fashionable with the polite upper English classes. Tracing our journey through music of the ages and various cities visited, this is a concert steeped in the wonderment of European Baroque, featuring seasoned favourites and lesser-known gems by Purcell, Handel Vivaldi and others.
Ever since its first performance in Leipzig on Good Friday 1724, JS Bach’s setting of the St John Passion has been a mainstay of the musical calendar in both concert hall and church. It recounts the harrowing last days of Christ and his journey to the cross through dramatic narrative and human reflection.
The Choir and Orchestra of St James’ comprise many of Australia’s foremost Historically Informed Performance instrumentalists and singers. This masterpiece of the Baroque marks the launch of our new Bach season, Bach@StJames, celebrating the wonder of Bach in the glory of historic Sydney.