HANDEL’S The Passion of Christ features among the set list for the Huddersfield Singer’s concert tomorrow.
Their Easter concert will be taking place at 7.30pm in St Paul’s Hall, on Huddersfield University’s Campus on Queensgate.
The Singers, conducted by Philip Honnor, include Sarah Ogden (soprano), Pam Sykes (contralto), Richard Dowling (tenor), Robert O’Connell (baritone) and several choir members.
The Passion of Christ is an adaptation of Handel’s 1716 Brockes Passion.
An English musicologist, Denys Darlow, in 1965 had adapted the work Brockes Passion, which was a total of three hours long, into a much more concise The Passion of Christ, ensuring regular public airings for Handel’s music.
In contrast with Evangelists in Bach’s Passions, Handel’s Evangelist sings texts taken from all four Gospels, in Brockes’ poetic paraphrase.
Handel sets the two main characters as Evangelist (Richard Dowling) and Jesus (Robert O’Connell).
Unlike Bach however, a third major solo part is also added, the Daughter of Zion (Sarah Ogden), who commentates on the unfolding action.
The choir will be accompanied by organist Tom Moore, known locally as Assistant Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral, and an eight-part instrumental ensemble, the Huddersfield Baroque players led by Duncan Druce.
Tickets (£11 full price, £10 concession, £5 students) on the door or from Theresa McDonagh on 01484 541166.