Open Workshop – Chilcott


Bob Chilcott ~ St John Passion
Saturday 20 January 2024 
Registration from 10:00am 
Workshop 10:30am – 4:30pm 


Spend the day singing Bob Chilcott’s St John Passion 
Bob Chilcott’s setting of the Passion tells the story of Christ’s trial and Crucifixion using the text from St John’s Gospel. Within the drama, the choir plays the part of the crowd and of a group of soldiers who comment from time to time in short outbursts. The choral contribution also includes four meditations that punctuate various points in the story. Chilcott says: “The texts are taken from English poems from the thirteenth to the early seventeenth centuries that express deeply human responses to death, to life, and to man’s relationship with the world and with God.” There are also five beautiful new settings of well-known Passiontide hymns texts. 

Please note: advance enrolment is essential – see Enrolment information below. 

Anyone who enjoys choral singing or would like to sample the experience of singing with a large chorus is invited to join Valentine Singers for the day. Observers are also welcome. 
The day will be led by the choir’s musical director Christine Gwynn with pianist Tim Smith.  
Young people of senior school age and over are welcome to join us; please see enrolment form for safeguarding arrangements. 

Cost: £23.  
Special £11 rate for full-time students/schoolchildren/benefit-holders (e.g. unemployment or disability benefits)
Fee includes;

  • loan of music for the day
  • tea and coffee at the registration and at all breaks

Lunch: there are local cafés and shops selling sandwiches etc or bring a picnic which you may eat on site. 

St Mary’s Church is on the High Road linking South Woodford and Woodford – see map below.
Nearest tube: South Woodford, Central Line (c.10-15mins up-hill walk, or short bus ride W14 from stop SJ or W13 from stop SU on Hermon Hill).  Also 179 bus from Chingford Station, Liverpool St Line.
Various parking options include free public car park in Derby Rd (7 mins walk) see map below.  

To ensure sufficient resources, including music copies, advance enrolment is essential. 
For online applications,
please enrol  here  for standard price enrolment (£23)
please enrol here for student/benefit holder enrolment (£11).

Payment is via the online payments platform Stripe; you should find a receipt in your inbox (this can be slow) to confirm payment and your place on the workshop.  The choir admin will then be in touch with you to gather a few more details. 

If you would prefer to apply by post, please download, complete and return this form.