Passio - a concert for Good Friday

Arvo Pärt’s major choral work live from St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church

The Crucifixion by Andrea Mantegna, painted between 1457 and 1459.

The Crucifixion by Andrea Mantegna, painted between 1457 and 1459.

ARVO PÄRT’S Passio, one of the best-known choral works of the late 20th-century, will be performed live from St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, Galway on Good Friday.

Passio - St John Passion will be streamed live from St Nicholas’ on Friday April 2 at 5pm and involve an impressive roster of classical musicians: Soprano Kate Macoboy, alto Stephen Wallace, tenors Christopher Bowan and Ciarán Kelly, and bass singers Jeffrey Ledwidge and Paul McGough, and the Resurgam choir.

Rebecca Halliday oboist

Rebecca Halliday.

The musicians will be ConTempo’s Bogdan Sofei (violin ) and Adrian Mantu (cello ), along with Rebecca Halliday (oboe ), Mariana Paras (bassoon ), and Ronan De Burca (organ ). The performance will be directed by Mark Duley.

Written by Estonian composer Pärt in 1982, this is a setting of the Latin text from the Gospel of John, written for solo baritone (Jesus ), solo tenor (Pilate ), solo vocal quartet (evangelist ), choir, and musicians. Passio has a breathtaking nobility equal to its subject matter, and offers us a chance to follow the via dolorosa in a powerfully immediate way.

Arvo Part

Arvo Pärt.

This is a ‘Music for Galway and Galway 2020 presents…’ event and is part of the Abendmusik concert series, centred on vocal music on religious themes in a non-liturgical context.

Tickets are €12 via After its live stream on Good Friday, a recording of the concert will be available to view until 5pm on Easter Tuesday, April 6.


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