Shrewsbury Cantata Choir will be marking one of the most important dates in the Christian calendar by performing the ‘lost’ St Mark Passion by JS Bach at 7.00pm on Saturday 31 March, the day before Easter Sunday, at Shrewsbury Abbey.
The Cantata’s Bob Fowke says, “The St Mark Passion was first sung in Leipzig on Good Friday 1731 but then Bach moved on to other things and it was lost; he was working hard and it was a difficult time in his life. Scholar Andor Gomme reconstructed the work in the 1990s, working from contemporary manuscripts and other documents.”
And the restoration and path to this performance has been a family affair – Andor’s widow Susan assisted with his research, and their son Joe is now chair of Shrewsbury Cantata Choir.
Tickets are £14 and are available via shrewsburycantatachoir.org.uk.