About this concert

Since 1727, JS Bach's "Great Passion" has gripped the hearts and uplifted the minds of audiences all over the globe. Nearly three centuries after its premiere, the work has lost none of its power to evoke feelings of compassion for all those who suffer. Its mix of urgent story-telling, meditative arias and mighty choruses sets St Matthew's account of Christ's betrayal, trial and execution eloquently and emotionally.

Following last year's sold-out Barbican performance and acclaimed recording of the St John Passion, the AAM and its Choir continue their annual series of Holy Week collaborations with a performance of the work's original 1727 version. Former King's choral scholar and internationally acclaimed tenor, James Gilchrist, takes the central role of Evangelist for this red-letter day in the capital's cultural calendar.

About the original 1727 version of JS Bach's "Great Passion"

AAM Music Director Richard Egarr and leader Pavlo Beznosiuk discuss the original 1727 version of JS Bach's St Matthew Passion from St-Jude-on-the-Hill, London, where the work has recently been recorded for release on AAM Records.