WITH PASSION - ST JOHN PASSION
here by kind permission of the Windsor Express, this report
appeared in the week ending MAY 14, 2006 edition of the paper.
Words by Francis Batt, assistant editor, pictures
by Neil Sainsbury.
and below, Oliver Gooch takes the Pepys Consort singers
and Pepys Ensemble, featuring the long necked period
lute, through a rehearsal of Bach's St John Passion.
The Pepys Consort Singers
St Michael's Church Choir
SINGING WITH PASSION
A packed church full of people watched
their past and present choirmasters working together, to bring
to life one of Bach's most beautiful works on Sunday.
The performance of Bach's St John
Passion was held in St. Michael's Church, Bray on MAY 9, 2006
It was conducted by the church's
current choirmaster Oliver Gooch, while his predecessor Mark
Wilde sang the part of the Evangelist.
Church member Veronica Robinson
said: "Oliver is a rehearsal conductor at the Royal Opera House
and is building quite a career for himself. We were delighted
to welcome Mark Wilde back to the village, he is making quite
a mark on the world of opera. I did not see a single spare seat
at Sunday's concert. There must have been 200 people there."
It is small wonder that St. Michael's
has built a reputation for the quality of its traditional church
The choir was accompanied on Sunday
by the Pepys Consort singers and the Pepys Ensemble, friends
and colleagues of Mr. Gooch - the Ensemble playing on genuine
Sunday's concert was a special event.
But the church hosts monthly recitals which are free and provde
exposure for young up and coming musicians.
Copyright ©2006 Windsor Express.