Date(s) - Fri 19th Apr
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
All Saints' Church
John Stainer’s Crucifixion, performed by All Saints Church Choir and the Portland Singers.
All Saints Church, Wyke Regis,Weymouth.
Friday 19th April 2019 at 6.00pm
Modelled on the great passion settings of J.S. Bach, Stainer’s Crucifixion is amongst the most popular of all English choral works and vividly portrays the events of the Passion of Christ. Scored for tenor and bass soloists, organ and mixed choir, the piece combines recitatives, solos, and masterful choruses that range from the graphic mob shouts of “Crucify Him” to the ethereally beautiful meditation at the work’s centrepiece “God so loved the world”.
Composed by John Stainer in 1887 he intended that piece would be within the scope of most parish church choirs; it includes five hymns for congregational participation.The text was written by W J Sparrow Simpson, the librettist of Stainer’s earlier cantata Mary Magdalene. Crucifixion is dedicated “to my pupil and friend W. Hodge and the choir of Marylebone Church”, who first performed it on February 24, 1887, the day after Ash Wednesday.