Bach: The Great Passion

Saturday 14 May 2022
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
St Swithin’s Church
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James Runcie
Irène Duval, violin

The St Matthew Passion is one of the greatest pieces of music ever written. But what was it like to play, sing and hear it for the first time? James Runcie talks about the imaginative research involved in writing his new novel The Great Passion, the story behind the inspiration, composition, rehearsal and first performance of Bach’s masterpiece in April 1727. This is an illustrated talk with musical accompaniment by brilliant young French violinist Irène Duval.

James Runcie is a British documentary filmmaker, television producer, novelist and playwright. He is also Commissioning Editor for Arts on BBC Radio 4, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a visiting professor at Bath Spa University. James is the author of 12 novels, including all seven books in The Grantchester Mysteries series and will be presenting a series about creative writing on Radio 4: Secrets of Storytelling. The seventh series of Grantchester is available on ITV from 11 March.

Book release date: The Great Passion, 30th March 2022

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