• Henley DFAS

Exploring Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Exploring Bach's St Matthew Passion
Thursday 21st March 2024 at 10.45am and 2.15pm Simultaneous transmission a.m. only
Sandy Burnett
Musician and broadcaster Sandy Burnett returns to the Arts Society Henley with a special presentation on Johann Sebastian Bach’s Matthew Passion, a masterful work which combines tunefulness, craftsmanship, dramatic power and spirituality in equal measure.

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Sandy guides us through music examples, picks out details in the score, examines Bach’s autograph manuscripts, and reflects on the extraordinarily vivid Passion texts.

After an overview of Bach’s life and work, we explore each dramatic stage of the Passiontide drama, before reflecting on the work’s context as one of the greatest Western art works of all.  
Sandy is one of the UK’s most versatile music commentators, enjoying a career that combines broadcasting, performing and lecturing. After studying at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and working as music director for the RSC, National Theatre and in London’s West End, Sandy Burnett spent a decade as one of the core team of presenters on BBC Radio 3. Combining engaging scholarship with hands-on expertise, he devises and leads cultural holidays all over the world, is the author of the Idler Guide to Classical Music, is a highly sought after double bassist on the London jazz scene, and was appointed the Academy of Ancient Music’s Hogwood Fellow for the 2018-19 season.