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Cumbrian choirs join opera professionals for concert

Four Cumbrian choirs will perform with English Touring Opera when the company presents the third in its stagings of Bach’s masterpieces at St John’s Church, Workington, on Sunday 21 October.

This will be the Passion according to St Matthew – Bach’s most dramatic work – in a way you’ve never seen it.
The music tells the story of a trial, death by crucifixion, and transformation, told by witnesses whose lives have been transformed.

ETO’s soloists will perform alongside critically acclaimed period instrument orchestra the Old Street Band and Cockermouth Harmonic Society, Wigton Choral Society, students from the University of Cumbria and Cockermouth School.

Conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny leads the performance, which will involve a simple, heartfelt staging.

This fascinating production takes place in the impressive setting of St John’s Church as part of Rosehill on the Road. It follows the success in 2016 of St John Passion, again with Rosehill on the Road in partnership with ETO.

Bach’s St Matthew Passion, presented by ETO at St John’s Church, Workington, begins at 6.30pm on 21 October.

Tickets at £18 (£9 U26) are available from the Rosehill Theatre box office on 01946 692422 or

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