St John Passion - Master Series 2

Stephen Layton - Conductor
Sara Macliver - Soprano
Jessica Dandy - Contralto
Gwilym Bowen - Tenor, Evangelist
Ruairi Bowen - Tenor
Michael Craddock - Bass, Pilate
Laurence Williams - Bass Baritone, Jesus
Adelaide Chamber Singers - Choir

Bach - St John Passion

From the resonant expectancy of its prologue to the aching hope of its final chorale, the momentum of the St John Passion sweeps up devoted followers and curious onlookers alike. Bach makes his deeply-felt retelling of Jesus’ crucifixion both tangible and transcendent: upon one man’s death hinges the world’s redemption; love and victory in the midst of agony.


Stephen Layton has been conducting annual performances of this work with his own choir Polyphony for well over a decade, his interpretations praised for their clarity and intensity. This year, a week before Easter, he directs the ASO along with favourite Australian soprano Sara Macliver, a cast of talented young British voices and our own world-class Adelaide Chamber Singers.


Presenting Partner



The Mingling Room


FREE. One hour prior to the concerts in the Meeting Hall (located just behind the Adelaide Town Hall). There’ll be a bar so after the pre-concert presentation, you can linger, buy a drink and discuss the music with new and old friends before enjoying the concert.


Hear more about Bach’s impassioned retelling of the crucifixion in the St John Passion in this conversation between Young Adelaide Voices’ Christie Anderson and musicologist David John Lang.

Watch Video

Bach: St John Passion | Herreweghe/K├Âlner Philharmonie

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  • Fri 12 Apr, 2019 8:00pm
  • Sat 13 Apr, 2019 6:30pm


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