Recognised as ‘the finest Evangelist of his generation’, James Gilchrist is one of the UK’s leading tenors, whose extensive repertoire embraces works spanning many centuries. He is an enthusiastic and prolific exponent of lieder and enjoys nothing better than putting together interesting and challenging recital programmes. His impressive discography includes the Vaughan Williams Songs of Travel, Schubert and Schumann song cycles, Finzi, Bach and Britten.
St John Passion in Toronto
We are delighted to announce that James Gilchrist sings Evangelist and tenor solos this month in performances of Bach's great masterpiece, the St John Passion, with Toronto's baroque orchestra, Tafelmusik and the Tafelmusik chamber choir. These special concerts include projections of images, curated by director Ivars Taurins, from the illuminated Saint John’s Bible, a contemporary work of art that unites ancient Benedictine traditions with the vision of today. This striking visual element will explore a universal spiritual message while offering a deeper understanding of the context around St John Passion. Other soloists joining James are Myriam Leblanc (soprano), Krisztina Szabó (mezzo-soprano), William Sharp (Jesus and baritone soloist) and Jonathon Adams (Petrus, Pilatus, and baritone soloist). The performances take place at Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre on 23, 24 and 25 March 2023.
James then travels to Tenerife where he performs Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife before singing Evangelist in a Good Friday performance of the St John Passion at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Later in the season, he will make appearances at the Weesp Chamber Music Festival, Amsterdam, the Winchester Chamber Music Festival, the St Jude's Prom and the Chiltern Arts Festival before returning to Toronto in late May to perform Bach Cantatas BWV 75 and 76 at the Toronto Bach Festival.
For more information about the St John Passion concerts in Toronto please visit the Tafelmusik website.