Classical news with Peter Palmer
BACH'S dramatic St John Passion will be given at St Barnabas' Cathedral, Derby Road, on February 23 (7.45pm) under the direction of Neil Page (pictured).
Though composed for the reformed churches in Leipzig, the music speaks to listeners of different denominations.
James Lister takes the role of Evangelist and David Ireland the part of Christ.
Members of St Barnabas' Cathedral Choir sing other roles, and the voices will be accompanied by the Academy of St Barnabas' orchestra.
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The performance is dedicated to the memory of Peter Smedley, who was music director at the cathedral from 1964 to 2002.
Advance booking is recommended – tickets from Nottingham Playhouse.
LONG established as one of the most popular English settings of the Passion story, John Stainer's The Crucifixion can be heard at St Peter's Church in the city centre on February 23 from 11am.
TOMORROW'S matinée concert at St Peter's will feature two musicians trained at the sister church of St Mary's: soprano Alexandra McPhee and cellist Elisheba Stevens.
Their repertoire includes a new piece by living Swiss composer Lionel Rogg.
Simon Hogan from Southwell Minster gives a lunchtime recital on the new St Peter's organ next Thursday at 1pm.
SIBELIUS' stirring Finlandia has been performed and recorded in various guises.
Finnish visitor Juho Pohjonen offers a solo piano rendition in his Sunday matinée at the Royal Concert Hall on February 24 (11am).
Pohjonen has a master's degree from Helsinki's Sibelius Academy. Pieces by Schumann and Grieg will round out his Nottingham programme.