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The Word: John 1 - 10

Saturday 17 March 2018

19:30 - 22:00

Trinity Methodist Church, Loughborough

The Word: John 1 - 10

Enjoy the premier performance of an oratorio by John Middleton

Please note, this event has been organised by a third party to support Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

The Word: a setting of John 1-10 for 16 voices and instrumental ensemble

This will be a rehearsed recording and premier performance of the new oratorio by John Middleton

It is, in effect, the prequel to Middleton’s St John Passion, and it highlights the seeds of the subsequent conflict. From John 1-10, the composer has extracted a dramatic dialogue between Jesus and the religious authorities, with fluctuating reactions from the bystanders. We’ve heard that this man does miracles, but he’s a Galilean, the son of a carpenter…….Will the Word of God be heard and understood?

The music reflects these tensions, and solo voices are contrasted with contrapuntal choral sections. It is nevertheless approachable and tuneful, having its roots in traditional folk scales and ancient modes. There are also modern influences in the treatment of harmony which, combined with frequent changes of tonality and overlapping rhythms, gives the work its energy

John’s music has been described as ‘having an individual voice’ – don’t miss the experience!


Tickets for the event cost £8pp and can be purchased in advance by calling 01509 414613. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased on the door.

Please note, this event is raising money for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People and Trinity Methodist Church


Trinity Methodist Church, Royland Road, Loughborough, LE11 2EH