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On Good Friday, 30th March 2018,  Friends of Cobham Church are presenting another one of their popular ‘instant’ Good Friday concerts in Cobham Church. This year we will be performing Bob Chilcott's St John Passion. The Choir will be conducted by Alan Vincent. Rehearsal times for the choir are 2.30 - 5.30pm, the concert starts at 6.30pm. To find out more or book your place, please download the booking form by clicking here or email Gabrielle Forster-Still at gabriellef@gmail.com You can also pick up a booking form from Cobham Community Stores. 


Bob Chilcott, described by the Observer as 'a contemporary hero of British Choral Music' is one of the most widely performed composers of choral music in the world. His St. John Passion was specially written for Wells Cathedral Choir for performance on Palm Sunday 2003. 

The role of the choir within the narrative is to play the part of the crowd or of soldiers who comment from time to time in short outbursts. The larger role that the choir has to play is the singing of four meditations that punctuate various points in the drama. The texts they sing are english poems from the 13th to the 17th centuries that express deeply human responses to death, to life and to man's relationship with the world and with God. Finally, Chilcott set five well-known passiontide hymn texts (It is a thing most wonderful; Jesus, grant me this; Drop, drop slow tears; There is a green hill far away; When I survey the wondrous cross) and these are designed to be sung by the choir and the congregation together.