English Touring Opera’s St John Passion

ETO are extending the broadcast period of Bach’s St John Passion until 10 May,
following an overwhelming response

ETO’s St John Passion (c) Andreas Grieger

On Easter Sunday English Touring Opera broadcast a performance of Bach’s St John Passion which premiered in London on 5 March 2020 and was due to tour nationally. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company took the decision to end the tour, cancelling the remaining 52 performances of its Spring season. ETO made a commitment to its artists and audiences, honouring the entire company’s fees for the tour and developing new ways to keep music in the lives of the communities it serves.

English Touring Opera’s debut broadcast creatively weaves together footage of the live performance at the Hackney Empire, with 90 individual video contributions made by choir members in isolation from Cumbria to Cornwall who were due to participate in performances across the country.

Conductor, Jonathan Peter Kenny, and English Touring Opera’s Artistic Director, James Conway, were encouraging audiences to experience the St John Passion in a communal way on Easter Sunday, with many thousands of us sitting down to listen to one of the great masterpieces of Western civilisation together, connecting with one another through Bach’s music, whilst in physical isolation.

English Touring Opera’s production of Bach’s St John Passion was broadcast from their YouTube channel [CLICK HERE] on Sunday 12 April. Use the hashtag #ETOStJohn to share your listening experience and connect with other audience members.

English Touring Opera are set to release other digital content in the coming weeks including other performances; interactive insight talks; signing lessons for children and adults; and music projects for people with special educational needs and disabilities. Follow their YouTube and other social media channels, or click here to join their mailing list or find out more.

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