Brighton Festival Chorus meets tenor Andrew Staples

We took a celebrated tenor to sing and explore the music of Bach with a treasured Sussex choir.

Across the country, countless non-professional ensembles bring communities together. At the RPS, we’re getting out to meet some of them, to find out why they’re special to their members and their community, and tell their story here on our website, as we do for many professionals.

One of the great works for any choir or choral society is J.S. Bach’s mighty St Matthew Passion. As Brighton Festival Chorus set their sights on performing it, we brought tenor Andrew Staples to one of their rehearsals, having played the central role of the Evangelist worldwide, including onstage at the National Theatre. As Andrew also directs and makes films, he had so much to impart about the music, the spectacle and emotion of Bach’s masterpiece. Such are his talents, he even made the film you can watch above, capturing the occasion.

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