Sir John Stainer’s “The Crucifixion”: Saturday, 23 March

Following discussions with Church Music Dublin and in order to correct a recent post in the February Church Review, please note that Church Music Dublin has kindly agreed to promote this event on our behalf, but this event is not an official reunion of the very successful CMD online production of 2021.  We are, however, encouraging those who participated to join us on the day!

The choir of Saint Bartholomew’s Church and the Sandford & St. Philip’s Choral Union invite singers from across the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough to take part in a rehearsal and performance of The Crucifixion by Sir John Stainer.

Musical Director: Ben Barnes
Organ: David O’Shea
Tenor: Max O’Neill
Bass: Robin Heather


2.30pm: Registration
3.00pm: Rehearsal
4.30pm: Break with tea/coffee provided
5.00pm: Performance
Please bring your own scores. (Some may be available on the day.)
The performance at 5.00pm is open to all, and hymn sheets will be provided.

About The Crucifixion:

A very appropriate work to be sung on the day before Palm Sunday as we enter Holy Week, The Crucifixion: A Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer is an oratorio by Sir John Stainer written in 1887 for SATB choir and organ with solos for bass and tenor.  The format follows that of the Bach Passions and tells the story of the passion and crucifixion of Jesus.  The text was written by W.J. Sparrow Simpson based on the King James Bible.  Stainer dedicated the work to “my pupil and friend W. Hodge and the choir of Marylebone Church,” who first performed it on Ash Wednesday in 1887.  It has been sung in Marylebone Church every year since then. There are five hymns sung by the choir and audience throughout the work, culminating in the final and most well known, For the love of Jesus, also known as All for Jesus, All for Jesus.

Please come and join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable afternoon and help us raise some much needed funds for the continuing restoration of the Saint Bartholomew’s organ.