Revealing York Minster
York Minster's newest attraction, Revealing York Minster in the Undercroft, invites visitors to take a 2000 year heroic, historic and human journey through a series of interactive underground chambers. Built in a space created in emergency excavations during the 1970s, the attraction explores the hidden history of the cathedral's site, from the remains of Roman barracks to the foundations of the Norman Minster. Featuring artefacts never before on public display, visitors can see, touch and hear 2000 years of history.
Bach’s St. John Passion At York Minster
📅 Saturday 6 April 2019
Come and experience one of the great choral works in the magnificent surroundings of York Minster. York Musical Society performs Bach’s dramatic and emotional St. John Passion with a choir of 150, orchestra and six soloists, and conductor David Pipe. Written in 1724 for a Good Friday service, the St. John Passion divides into two main parts. The first section, about a third of the piece, takes the story through to Peter’s betrayal of Jesus. From the outset, Bach prepares the listener for the musical and narrative turbulence which follows. The second part is a dialogue between Jesus and Pilate, with ferocious crowd choruses, culminating in Jesus’ death and the exquisite aria ‘It is accomplished’.
The concert starts at 7.30pm and finishes at 9.45pm, including a 15 minute interval. 🎫 Tickets are available from York Theatre Royal box office (01904 623568, yorktheatreroyal.co.uk) or on the door on the night. Tickets priced at £5, £10, £15 and £20.
Wagner's Parsifal With The Hallé Orchestra
📅 Wednesday 17 April 2019
Sir Mark Elder (conductor)
Nicky Spence (Parsifal)
Iain Paterson (Amfortas)
Gabor Bretz (Gurnemanz)
Wagner – Prelude to Act 1 and Act 3 of Parsifal
For his final masterpiece, Wagner turned away from themes of power and romantic love towards the sacred realm, aiming to compose a work in which ‘the most sublime mysteries of the Christian faith are openly presented on stage’. His ‘festival play of consecration’ re-tells the ancient story of Parsifal, a ‘holy fool’ made wise through pity and redeemed by a simple act of compassion. Act III is the spiritual heart and emotional climax of the work, as Parsifal fulfils his journey towards understanding. After a solemn orchestral prelude to represent the turmoil from which the world must be saved, there follow two scenes of redemption. In the first, Parsifal shares his own transformation with Kundry by baptising her; in the second, he heals the wounds of Amfortas. Between the two scenes, the famous Good Friday Music celebrates the day on which the world is renewed – a moving paean to the beauty of nature that sees springtime as a reflection of the Resurrection of Christ on Easter Day. The work ends with an unforgettable chorus, a symbolic joining of earth and heaven, as boy trebles join a massed chorus while a white dove descends. ‘The hero’s path to compassion and understanding can be a metaphor’ says Pope Francis, ‘to better understand how human beings understand themselves today.’
Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé are second-to-none in this music. Their 2013 Proms performance was described by The Guardian as ‘a constant wonder’ and by The Spectator as ‘miraculous’, while for The Daily Telegraph he and the orchestra found the ‘spiritual halo’ and ‘all the essential pain and anguish’ of the work. Heard in York Minster during Holy Week, this will surely be an unforgettable performance.
'Elder’s single-minded patience creates a powerful and quietly hypnotic sense of weary sadness, an entirely appropriate feeling of pale grandeur. He controls everything with 'the surest of touches right up until a deeply moving account of the final bars, and his orchestra are with him every second of the way, playing with sensitivity and feeling, as well as an impressive delicacy of timbre' - Gramophone
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