This Holy Saturday, we invite you to meditate on the words and music of John Stainer’s Crucifixion. Presented by the augmented Bellshill Central Church Choir, with Rev Kevin de Beer, Hugh Ainsley and Jim Grier reading the narrative. Organist is Alan Mathew.
Modelled on the great passion settings of J.S. Bach, Stainer’s Crucifixion is amongst the most popular of all English choral works and vividly portrays the events of the Passion of Christ. Scored for tenor and bass soloists, organ and mixed choir, the piece combines recitatives, solos, and masterful choruses that range from the graphic mob shouts of Crucify Him to the ethereally beautiful meditation at the work’s centrepiece God so loved the world‘.
This was first performed at Bellshill Central Parish Church on Monday 15th April 2019. We re-streamed it for Holy Week 2020, and thought is appropriate to share once more.
We remember our friends in the choir who are now singing in the Lord’s Heavenly Choir – Betty Patrick, Bill Cameron and Betty Mackie – Soli Deo Gloria