The Festival Choir of All Saints Church presents Bob Chilcott's "St. John Passion". Scott G. Hayes, Director; Reginald Long, Organist; Anne O'Byrne, Soprano; Nathan Bick, Tenor; Nicholas Brata, Tenor; Chris Brumfield, Baritone. Admission is free, and the nursery is available for children up to age 5.
Chilcott's setting of the Passion is an hour-long work telling the story of Christ's trial and Crucifixion using the text from St. John's Gospel. As in the great settings by Bach, the story is narrated by a tenor Evangelist, and other significant parts in that of Jesus and Pilate.
The role of the choir within the narrative is to play the part of the crowd or a group of soldiers who comment form time to time in short outbursts. The larger role of the choir is the singing of four meditations that punctuate various points in the drama. The texts are taken from English poems from the 13th to early 17th centuries that express deeply human responses to death, to life, and to man's relationship with the world and with God.