Edinburgh Festival Chorus revives Mendelssohn's arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sublime piece about Christ's last days on earth before his resurrection.

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Ryan Wigglesworth Conductor

Edinburgh Festival Chorus
James Grossmith Chorus Director

RSNO Youth Chorus

Patrick Barrett Chorus Director

Elizabeth Watts Soprano
Dame Sarah Connolly Alto
Laurence Kilsby Tenor
James Atkinson Bass

Ed Lyon Evangelist
Neal Davies Christus

Bach arr. Mendelssohn St Matthew Passion (1841 Leipzig version)

The young Felix Mendelssohn transformed Johann Sebastian Bach’s majestic St Matthew Passion for modern orchestra. His groundbreaking performances of his impassioned arrangement in Berlin (1829) and Leipzig (1841 – the version heard in this concert) changed the course of music history. Without these, the great Bach revival might never have happened.

Mendelssohn’s version foregrounds the urgent narrative and potent emotions of the Passion story, illustrating Christ’s capture, trial and crucifixion.

Join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, their Chief Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus and six soloists – including ‘star evangelist’ (The Arts Desk) Ed Lyon – as they rekindle an epoch-defining event.