17 Mar 2008

St Matthew Passion at the Festival Hall


StMatthew_2008.pngNeil Fisher [Times Online, 12 March 2008]

Strictly no applause until the very end. A long, long hush when Jesus dies on the Cross. And picnics with folding camping chairs in the Festival Hall foyers during the two-hour lunch interval between betrayal and Crucifixion. This is the Bach Choir at Easter, and it's a distinctly curious experience for the uninitiated.