James Runcie

Thu 14 July 2022

The Great Passion

The Great Passion

Leipzig, 1726. Eleven-year-old Stefan, a humble organ-maker’s son, has just lost his mother. Sent to train as a singer in the St Thomas Church choir, Stefan’s talent draws the attention of the Cantor – Johann Sebastian Bach. Eccentric, obsessive and kind, he rescues Stefan from the miseries of school by bringing him into his home as an apprentice. In the depths of his own personal loss, the Cantor is writing a new work, the Saint Matthew Passion, and Stefan realises he is witness to the creation of one of the most extraordinary pieces of music that has ever been written.

This event includes an aria from the St Matthew Passion from the BIF Company.

Interviewed by Martin Latham.

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