The St John Passion is a dramatic representation of the Passion, as told in the Gospel of John, constructed of dramatically presented recitatives and choruses. It was first performed nearly 300 years ago on Good Friday in the St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig, in 1724.
Beverley Chamber Choir, under the direction of Mark Pybus, is fast gaining a reputation for presenting choral music to the highest possible standard. This quality of performance is resulting in ever increasing and delighted audiences..
The St John Passion should be a superb event with the choir being joined by professional instrumentalists drawn from top orchestras throughout the UK. In addition the soloists for the evening have enviable national reputations as specialists in the music of J S Bach.
Beverley Chamber Choir was formed over 12 years ago and is formed of 40 singers. The choir broadcasts regularly for the BBC and in addition to it’s regular performances in the East Riding of Yorkshire has toured across the UK.
Mark Pybus was born in Beverley and received his first musical education as a chorister in the Minster choir. He went on to win both academic and organ scholarships at the University of Edinburgh. He has been Music Director of Beverley Chamber Choir since April 2009.
After holding appointments at St. Marys Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh and Paisley Abbey, Mark won a postgraduate scholarship to study in Paris with international recitalist Susan Landale. Here he won the Premier Prix dOrgue at Superieur level.
Mark went on to become the Assistant Master of the Music at Sheffield Cathedral where he accompanied and directed the choirs not only for the daily services but also for broadcasts, recitals and recordings.
He has performed in many cathedrals, abbeys and churches both in the UK and abroad. He also performs regularly in the USA and has recently performed to critical acclaim at the International Messiaen Festival in Copenhagen. As a continuo player he has performed with several renowned groups including the BT Scottish Ensemble.
He is currently Director of Music at Hymers College in Hull where he leads a large and thriving music department of national repute.