The Choir of All Saints Fulham will be giving a special performance of the oratario The Crucifixion by the English composer, Sir John Stainer (1840–1901) at 6pm on Sunday 13th April – Palm Sunday.
The work is subtitled “A Meditation on the Passion of the Holy Redeemer” and is Stainer’s answer to Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions. The work dramatises the final days of Jesus’ life from Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane to him dying on the cross.
The work is dedicated “to my pupil and friend W. Hodge and the choir of Marylebone Church”, who first performed the work in 1887. The text was written by Revd William John Sparrow Simpson, who had written the text of other oratorios for Stainer.
London-born Stainer was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral from the age of 10. At 20, he became organist at Magdalen College, Oxford, and in 1872 moved back to St Paul’s Cathedral when he was 32 to become their organist. He retired from the Cathedral in 1888 due to poor eyesight.