As the programme notes stated, ‘It seems astonishing to us that Bach’s St. Matthew Passion remained virtually unknown for almost 100 years’ before ‘the young Felix Mendelssohn organised a performance in 1829, having recognised it as a work of supreme genius’. The sacred oratorio features a double choir and double orchestra as well as solo voices.
Soloists for this performance were Matthew Spillett (who sang the Evangelist), Alison Shone (soprano), James Neville (alto), Paul Badley (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass) and Owain Browne (as Christus).
The performance also involved choristers from the Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral as well as soloists from the Society in the recitatives, the latter comprising Anne-Marie Adamson, Amy Campbell, Joseph Cavalli Price, Sarah Fisher, Michael Ford, William Harpin, Sarah Jenkins Welsh, Alex Thacker and Naomi Williams. The Llandaff Sinfonia provided the orchestra, with David Lewis leading orchestra 1 and Catherine Fox orchestra 2.