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THE FAÇADE ENSEMBLE - ARVO PART PASSIO

12 April 2017 7:30pm

Ely Cathedral is pleased to welcome The Façade Ensemble for a performance of Arvo Pärt's 1982 composition 'Passio Domini Nostri Jesu Christi secundum Joannem'.

Pärt's compelling and profoundly beautiful setting of the St John Passion (accompanied by organ, violin, oboe, cello and bassoon) is the culmination of his popular 'tintinnabuli' style. Inspired by medieval music (and meaning 'little bells'), this style of composition pares music down to its triadic simplicity. Echoing the earliest monophonic Passion settings, such music - like the narrative itself - is as powerfully dramatic to the modern ear as it has ever been.

Specialising in chamber music of the 20th century, The Façade Ensemble was founded in 2011 by Benedict Collins Rice. Drawing its members at the time from the finest singers and instrumentalists at the University of Cambridge, the group has developed as a dynamic collective of young professionals with a passion for bringing new music and exciting programmes to a wide audience. From Maxwell Davies to Miles Davis, concerts provide engaging programming - often involving dramatic elements and the juxtaposition of musics old and new.

The Façade Ensemble conduced by Benedict Collins Rice
James Bartlett - Jesus
Toby Ward - Pilate
Rosalind Dobson, Helen Charlston, Hiroshi Amako, Robbie Haylett - Evangelist Quartet
Alex Goodwin - Organ

The Façade Ensemble will also be performing 'Passio' in Oxford, London, and Peterborough.

Free Admission.