On Palm Sunday evening (25th March), Wellington will host a performance of Olivet to Calvary – a “musical journey for Passiontide” by J H Maunder. For those familiar with The Crucifixion by John Stainer, Olivet to Calvary is a similar portrayal of the events leading up to Calvary. Singers from Wellington will be joined by those from neighbouring Churches and beyond. Two of our choral scholars Will Frost and Jasmine Munns, and guest tenor Matthew McKinney will sing the solo parts, and the augmented choir will be conducted by Dr Katy Cooper. Congregational participation comes by way of several hymns included within the work. Maunder composed Olivet to Calvary in 1904, by which time The Crucifixion, composed 17 years earlier, would have been firmly entrenched in the repertoire of many Parish Church choirs. Maunder’s work is clearly modelled on Stainer’s earlier portrayal in style and content. The text was compiled by Shapcott Wensley, who combined his own narrative with biblical text.
Further details from Alan Kitchen