I will be publishing every day over Holy Week a post linking some music to the passion narrative. This is intended to provide some musical solace and challenge in these difficult times, while also encouraging a different way to engage with the story of Jesus’ passion. Each day, there will be at least two different pieces (or groups of pieces), some shorter, some longer, some excerpts from larger works for you to use as you wish. Between Monday and Friday, I have divided Bach’s telling of the Passion according to St Matthew in five sections (the last two being more substantial in length). This piece is one of the towering achievements of classical music, but is also a hugely powerful telling of the story that we think we know so well.
To maximise access I have chosen recordings that are publicly available. It is therefore possible that your listening might be interrupted by the odd advert.
Paul Hedley, Director of Music