ST MATTHEW PASSION PROJECT

& PASSION SCHOOL

 

Beginning in early spring 2021 and finishing with a live video broadcast performance planned for Good Friday, One World Baroque will embark on an intensive, multi-layered performance project on the chorales and choruses in part 1 of J.S. Bach’s magnificent masterwork, The St Matthew Passion.

The St Matthew Passion Project is designed to provide singers with the rare opportunity to undertake an intensive study and performance project on key choral sections of the dramatic first part of this exceptional work.

TimetableDownload our updated Timetable here.

Full choir Rehearsals: Start Feb 6;

Preliminary diction sessions (available on video to all from Feb 1) recording live on Zoom for early registrants Jan 16, 23, 30.

All singers are welcome on all streams of the St Matthew Passion Project, whether they be beginner or advanced, or amateurs or aspiring professionals.

TWO PARTS & SIX STREAMS

 

The St Matthew Passion Project is divided into two main parts:

Part 1. The ST MATTHEW PASSION PROJECT, which takes the form of weekly rehearals on Saturdays from early spring through mid-March; and

Part 2. The PASSION SCHOOL, a week-long intensive day school for both amateur and career-track choristers and soloists beginning on February 27.

Each Part features three separate streams, each with a different musical focus.

Download our Repertoire Distribution List to learn which music is sung on which stream of the project.

Singers are welcome to join us on just one stream of one part of the St Matthew Passion project, or they can register for multiple streams. Simply choose which parts of the project are right for you, and register for them individually by adding them to your cart when you Click to Register and transfer to our shop page.

PART 1 – PASSION PROJECT

Instruction takes place on Saturdays in early spring. (Rehearsals are recorded and available to view outside rehearsal times.)

Project finishes with a live video broadcast of Part 1 of J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion on the One World Baroque YouTube Channel on Good Friday with the One World Baroque Virtual Chorus singing the stunning chorales and choruses of this dramatic part of the Passion story.

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN BACH’S CHORALES

The St Matthew Passion features many chorales – beautiful four-part pieces for SATB chorus with deceptively simple melodies and timeless messages that strike at the heart of what it means to fear, love, and hope.

Choristers on this stream rehearse all the chorales in part 1 of the St Matthew Passion, studying their texts, their use of language, and the careful way Bach placed each one at exactly the right place in the larger Passion story.

Singers receive warm-ups, rehearsals, technique sessions, workshops, German diction classes, and have the option to submit their own videos or audio for inclusion in our final concert video.

All are welcome.

 

$75

JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF BACH’S CHORAL WRITING

Choristers on the Chorales & Choruses stream attend all the rehearsals in the Chorales stream, but additionally rehearse and study the monumental and technically challenging first and final choruses of part 1 of Bach’s towering St Matthew Passion.

Choristers on the ‘Chorales and Choruses’ stream will rehearse nine pieces in all, giving them an intimate insight into how Bach’s clever choral writing shapes the dramatic betrayal at the heart of the Passion story.

Singers receive warm-ups, rehearsals, technique sessions, workshops, German diction classes, and have the option to submit their own videos or audio for inclusion in our final concert video.

 All are welcome.

 

$99

OBSERVE THE PASSION SCHOOL

Singers who have registered in either the Chorales or the Chorales & Choruses streams of the Part 1 Passion Project can attend aspects of the separate week-long intensive Part 2 Passion School (see below) in February as non-singing observers at a significant discount.

Observers are welcome to attend the lectures of the Choristers stream and the masterclasses of the soloists stream of the School as non-singing observers, with the freedom to come and go as they wish.

Note that the live choral rehearsals are restricted to those registering on the Choristers Stream of the Passion School.

All are welcome on the Plus stream. Simply add the item to your cart in addition to either the Chorales OR the Chorales and Choruses stream.

 

$29

PART 2 – PASSION SCHOOL

 

The Passion School is a week-long day school, separate from but related to the Passion Project. Welcoming for both amateur and aspiring professional choral and solo singers, The Passion School offers participants the rare chance to undertake an intensive week-long study of the choral and solo music in J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

The Passion School takes place from Saturday, February 27 to Saturday March 6 online, with contact time of between 2 and 4 hours each day. 

Directed by Daniel Taylor and Kathryn Whitney, who lead a large team of international choral directors, singing teachers, coaches, lecturers and vocal technicians, The Passion School offers choristers and solo singers the rare chance to undertake an intimate, intensive study of this exceptional piece with some of the most experienced early music singers, conductors, and coaches working today.

 

A WEEK STUDYING BACH’S CHORAL MUSIC WITH SOME OF THE TOP CONDUCTORS IN THE WORLD

Singers on the Choristers stream of the Passion School attend daily warm-ups, vocal technique sessions for choristers, and lectures that will explore Bach’s choral writing and associated singing traditions.

The Choristers stream includes a series of specialist informal sessions, including our Bach Talks with professional choristers, soloists, and players, who will be joining us from around the world.

Choristers work on choruses that are not sung on any other stream on the St Matthew Passion Project – the challenging paired choruses that feature in the middle of Part 1 of the passion story. Choristers can contribute videos and audio to specialist choral segments of the final Part 1 St Matthew Passion Project video.

Career-track and amateur choristers are welcome.

 

$349

A WEEK STUDYING AND PERFORMING THE SOLO MUSIC OF BACH’S ST MATTHEW PASSION

 Singers on the Soloists stream receive a week of private coachings, singing lessons, and masterclasses with some of the top early music singers working today.

The Soloists stream includes a series of specialist informal sessions, including our Bach Talks with professional choristers, soloists, and players, who will be joining us from around the world.

Soloists may work on music of their choice from a passion setting by any composer of the Baroque period.

Solo Singers may submit a solo video for inclusion in the Passion School concert, to be broadcast on the One World Baroque YouTube channel at the end of the Passion School.

Career-track and amateur choristers are welcome.

 

$749

SPEND A WEEK INSIDE AN INTENSIVE INTERNATIONAL BACH PASSION PERFORMANCE SCHOOL

If you love Bach, but prefer to listen rather than sing, we hope you will join us in the Passion School as an Observer.

Observers are provided with all the materials sent out to the Choristers and Soloists in the Passion School in advance.

Observers can attend most of the School as non-singing participants.

They have access to the lectures of the Choristers stream and the lectures and masterclasses of the Soloists streams of the Passion School, including Bach Talks, with the freedom to come and go as they wish. (Note: live choral rehearsals are restricted to those registered on the Choristers stream.)

All are welcome as Observers on the Passion School of the St Matthew Passion Project.

Those attending the Chorales or Chorales and Choristers Stream of the St Matthew Passion project (see previous section) can attend at a discount by choosing the ‘Plus’ option above.

 

$49