Lincoln Cathedral Choir accompanied by Mvsica Donvm Dei are joined this year by some talented soloists:

Mark Wilde: Evangelist

Jacob Fieldman: Christus

This year’s conductor will be Lincoln Cathedral’s Director of Music, Aric Prentice.


The story of Jesus’ arrest, trials and death on the cross is told again through words from St John’s Gospel and poignant music by J.S. Bach with additional beautiful works of art projected in the nave of the cathedral. Lincoln Cathedral Choir is supported by the singers of the Cathedral Consort and by the Mvsica Donvm Dei period chamber orchestra.

The St John Passion and St Matthew Passion are two of Bach’s most famous pieces of sacred music, telling the Biblical story of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Despite both Bach’s settings of the Passion lasting more than two hours, they were written to be used as part of a Lutheran church service – he wrote the St John Passion, for the Good Friday Vespers service of 1724, and the St Matthew Passion three years later. Rather than expecting the audience – or, rather, congregation – to sit back and take in the music, Bach included a number of hymn-like chorales within the solo sections, so everyone could participate in the worship. Listen to the simple ‘Erkenne mich, mein hüter’ from the St Matthew Passion: this tune is repeated throughout the oratorio, sometimes in a lower key to reflect a sadder mood.
While the words speak for themselves, telling the all-important Easter story, Bach’s multiple layers of musical meaning in both the St John and St Matthew Passions mean it’s possible to enjoy the music on a number of levels. The text tells the story on its own, but it’s Bach’s (often hidden) techniques that bring the music to life.


If you require accessible seating then please call 01522 561 658.


Tickets are sold as non-returnable and non-refundable.

This programme is subject to change with no notice. We reserve the right to cancel this event. If we do need to cancel all tickets will be refunded.