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JOHANN Sebastian Bach’s St John Passion is the piece when the Hanover Band returns to Chichester Cathedral with its own chorus on Good Friday, April 22 at 7.30pm.

Spokesman Alan Rice said: “The internationally-renowned Hanover Band has been called ‘one of the UK’s finest period-instrument orchestras worldwide’.

“It is famous for its performances of 17th, 18th and 19th century music, played on original period instruments and fine replicas. These instruments require specialist knowledge from the players as they are constructed differently from their modern counterparts - and they make a different sound.

“In this concert, a contemporary audience will have a wonderful opportunity to hear the same sound as audiences in the time of Bach. This is a rare opportunity to hear Bach’s music performed in the way in which Bach would have heard it.”

Simon Wall will sing the part of the Evangelist; Robert Rice is Christus; and Edward Price is Pilate. They will be joined by Angharad Gruffydd Jones, Katherine Nicholson and Andrew Tortise. The Hanover Band Chorus will be directed by Andrew Arthur (organ).

Tickets from the Bell Tower, Cathedral Cloisters, Chichester; 01243) 813595; online at www.chichestertickets.co.uk or on the door.