The Easter period always sees a great host of Rayfield Allied singers and conductors performing in concerts celebrating Passiontide around the world.
In the UK, Laurence Cummings will conduct the annual London Handel Festival performance of the St Matthew Passion at St George’s Hanover Square, set within the context of the Good Friday service. Nick Pritchard will also perform the St Matthew Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, singing the Evangelist role. He will then perform the tenor arias for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by John Butt and also featuring William Towers as the alto soloist. Benjamin Bevan and Nicholas Mulroy will perform the St Matthew Passion with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
Nicholas Mulroy will also be performing Bach’s Easter Oratorio with the Gabrieli Consort, whilst Peter Auty and Benjamin Bevan sing in Joubert’s St Mark Passion at Wells Cathedral.
In Newcastle and Durham, Nicholas McGegan conducts the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Samling Soloists in Israel in Egypt. At the Bristol Old Vic, Joshua Ellicott performs in a new staging of Handel’s Messiah by Tom Morris, with the English Concert and Harry Bicket.
The trio of Gemma Summerfield, Caitlin Hulcup and Luciano Botelho perform Rossini’s Stabat Mater with the Hanover Band at St John’s Smith Square and Anna Harvey performs in the Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall.
In Germany, Matthew Brook performs the St John Passion in Köln. Peter Harvey also performs the St John Passion with Bachakademie Stuttgart on tour in the US and with the Oslo Philharmonic under Blomstedt.
In Finland, Sam Furness performs the Easter Oratorio with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia, whilst in Poland, Wojtek Gierlach performs Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ with the Poznan Philharmonic.
Further afield, Robin Blaze performs the St Matthew Passion with Bach Collegium Japan.