We’d thought for a long time about a major choral piece, and Bach’s St Matthew Passion seemed a good choice. We’d done an adaptation of the Chester Mystery plays, the 13th-century Passion plays, and that was a very interesting and absorbing rehearsal period, so we wanted to look at the story of Christ in a different way.

Isango Ensemble's St Matthew Passion Isango Ensemble’s St Matthew Passion. Photo © Helge Skodvin

We’ve heavily adapted...

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