Arts@Trinity pressents Handel's 'Brockes Passion' with St. Peter's Singers of Leeds
Handel composed the ‘Brockes Passion’ in 1716, exactly 300 years ago. This year it will get a rare performance on Saturday 19th March at Arts@Trinity, Holy Trinity Church, Leeds by St. Peter’s Singers of Leeds under the direction of Simon Lindley. They will be joined by Alan Horsey on continuo and the soloists of the National Festival Orchestra (Sally Robinson – leader).
This concert will be part of the first Leeds Handel Festival.
Handel’s music has been performed at Holy Trinity church since its consecration in 1727 and the church was one of two venues of the Festival of Music in 1784 which featured Handel’s sacred and secular music.
The full title of the passion is “Jesus dying and martyred for the sins of the world”. Barthold Heinrich Brockes wrote this German oratio libretto in 1712 and it was the basis of 10 composition by various composers including Telemann, Matheson, Fash and Handel.
Why Handel decided to compose the oratio in 1716 is not clear. He had been already been living in England yet he composed his only German oratio after he had been travelling to Germany with King George. He sent the sheet music to his friend Johann Mattheson who publicly premiered parts of the work (compiled with versions of his own Brockes Passion and those of Keiser and Telemann) in Hamburg three years later. It is likely that there was an early premiere at Brockes’ home in 1716.
The original sheet music is lost, though there are 5 transcriptions one of which was written by J.S. Bach who used this as a study for his own passions.
Handel’s composition entails chorale hymns for all to sing, magnificent choruses, arias and ensemble pieces for solo singers, often with obligato instrumental accompaniment.
Concert start time is 4.30pm
Doors will open at 4pm
Tickets: £8, concessions £5.
For concessions: Please purchase a full price ticket, you will receive a refund on the door if you can prove your concession.
Supported with funding from Leeds Inspired, part of Leeds City Council.