Meditation on the Sacred Passion of the Holy Redeemer’) is a short
choir, tenor and bass soloists and organ.
It was written for Marylebone Parish Church, where the choirmaster was
William Hodge who was also assistant organist to Stainer at St Pauls
It was first performed on 24 February 1887 with Stainer
conducting and Hodge at
the organ. Five hymns intended for
congregational participation are interspersed in the piece in a similar
the Bach Passions. The text, drawn
largely from the Gospel accounts and other passages of scripture, was
by the Revd W. J. Sparrow-Simpson, the son of another St Pauls
colleague. It recounts, in the somewhat sentimental
the time, the Passion of Christ from
Gethsamane until the point of His death.
Peter Harbord, North Yorkshire Chorus