Part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Edinburgh Festival Chorus revives Mendelssohn's arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sublime piece about Christ's last days on earth before his resurrection.

The young Felix Mendelssohn transformed Johann Sebastian Bach’s majestic St Matthew Passion for modern orchestra. His groundbreaking performances of his impassioned arrangement in Berlin (1829) and Leipzig (1841 – the version heard in this concert) changed the course of music history. Without these, the great Bach revival might never have happened.

Mendelssohn’s version foregrounds the urgent narrative and potent emotions of the Passion story, illustrating Christ’s capture, trial and crucifixion.

Join the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, their Chief Conductor Ryan Wigglesworth, the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, the RSNO Youth Chorus and six soloists – including ‘star evangelist’ (The Arts Desk) Ed Lyon – as they rekindle an epoch-defining event.

For the full opening weekend experience, discover Osvaldo Golijov’s contrasting exploration of the Passion story, performed on 3 August.