One of the masterpieces of classical sacred music will be performed in Norwich next month.

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Norwich Cathedral Choir, Norwich Cathedral Consort and Norwich Baroque will join together to perform JS Bach’s St Matthew Passion on Saturday, March 29 in Norwich Cathedral.

This will be the second major choral concert performed by the Cathedral Choir following their performance of St John Passion last year.

The performance will be conducted by Ashley Grote, master of music at the cathedral.

Mr Grote said: “Being part of a performance of the St Matthew Passion is an incredibly moving experience for the performer and the listener, both musically and spiritually.

“It is enormous in its scale and complexity, employing two orchestras, two choirs and six soloists. I hope it will be something our boy and girl choristers remember for the rest of their lives, as well as being a memorable opportunity for the adult singers and players who are taking part.

“The concert will be a very special part of our Passiontide programme here at the cathedral.”

Earlier in March, people will also be able to gain a fascinating insight into the St Matthew Passion from one of the world’s leading Bach authorities. John Butt, gardener professor of music at the University of Glasgow will give a lecture called Exploring the St Matthew Passion on Tuesday, March 18.

• Tickets for the concert, which begins at 6.30pm on Saturday, March 29, can be booked online at www.cathedral.org.uk/whats-on/st-matthew, by calling 01603 630000 or by visiting the cathedral gift shop, the Theatre Royal and Prelude Records.

A pre-concert supper is available in the refectory which needs to be booked on 01603 218322 or refectory@cathedral.org.uk

• John Butt’s lecture Exploring the St Matthew Passion is on Tuesday, March 18 at 8pm. Tickets cost £5 and can be booked online at www.cathedral.org.uk/whats-on/st-matthew, by calling 01603 218448 or emailing jjones@cathedral.org.uk.

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