Music for passiontide poster for screenThe Chapter House Singers perform new music this spring.  John Joubert’s St Mark Passion was commissioned to celebrate the composer’s 90th birthday and first performed in 2016.

We sing this work on Sunday March 18th at 19.30 in St Mary’s Cathedral, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh and again on Sunday March 25th in Holy Trinity Church, Melrose.

Joubert’s music never fails to amplify his text and that is more apparent in the dramatic Passion setting… The Passion is a highly resonant piece, which is largely down to Joubert’s simple but astute decisions concerning scoring: a solo cello weaves its way through the piece with ‘angry tremolandi, resonant pizzicato chords, singing reflections and commentaries’ (to borrow Christopher Morley’s booklet description), while the organ laments, rumbles or roars – accompanying both the crowd outbursts and the gorgeously arranged hymns that close each of the five movements. There is control, pace, an appropriate balance of drama with devotion and the feeling that the whole breathes…