Birmingham Bach Choir are heading to Lichfield Cathedral for the first ever performance in the West Mids of a "lost" masterpiece.
JS Bach penned five settings for The Passion. Of those, only two survive: St John and St Matthew.
St Mark Passion, performed in the 1730s and 1740s, has been lost for centuries. But the choir, under the guidance of conductor Paul Spicer, will be premiering a reconstructed version on Saturday 11 March 2017.
Pieced together by Andor Gomme 20 years ago, the late British scholar reconstructed the masterpiece using surviving work by Bach along with pieces by a contemporary of the composer, Reinhard Keiser.
St Mark Passion can be therefore be described as a hybrid, yet nonetheless, offers Bach fans a tantalising glimpse into what might have been - something 'new' - and a contrast to the somewhat over familiar St John and St Matthew Passions.
Aiding the choir for the concert are chamber orchestra The Musical and Amicable Society, and acclaimed soloists Elizabeth Cragg (soprano), Simon Ponsford (countertenor), Thomas Hobbs (Evangelist), Ruairi Bowen (tenor), and Henry Neill (baritone).
Birmingham Bach Choir are one of the leading choirs in the UK and are the only choir shortlisted in the Best Orchestra/ Choir category of the What's On Readers' Awards 2017.
Future concerts after the St Mark Passion premiere include Handel's Messiah (14 Apr 2017, The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton) and Fauré Requiem (17 June, Pershore Abbey, Worcs; 24 June 2017, St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham).
Soloist Thomas Hobbs (Evangelist) - photo by B Ealovega