Review: St Matthew Passion

Centre stage was the Sherborne Chamber Choir whose rich, controlled singing, in the original German, gripped us from the outset. Attention to diction and phrasing were ever apparent and the chorales in particular came across with a directness that was quite uplifting. The short choral interjections such as Barabbam (Barabbas) and Lass ihn kreuzigen (Let Him be crucified) were highly dramatic, while the four extended choruses enabled them to have a good sing – something that they evidently enjoyed.

Last night’s concert was an intensely moving occasion and under the very capable baton of Paul Ellis, Director of Music at Sherborne Abbey, Bach’s magnificent music held our undivided attention for around three hours. I am sure I am not alone in feeling very privileged to have been there.