The Quiet Passion: Geduld! Geduld!

24 March 2021

The St. Matthew and St. John Passion performances, a standing tradition in the Netherlands for countless singers, musicians and audience members, cannot continue because of Covid-19, now for the second year in a row. The experiences and emotions that singers, musicians and audience usually share in a concert hall or church are void, and both sacred and secular performance spaces remain silent. For The Quiet Passion, the Netherlands Chamber Choir invited four singers to perform the aria from the St. Matthew Passion that is most dear to them or moves them the most. This week, presenter Maartje van Weegen sits down with restaurant manager Thijs Sicking and tenor Alberto ter Doest, who sings the aria Geduld! Geduld! in a beautiful but quiet restaurant. Thijs and Alberto talk to each other about having to wait for new developments, how that affects their work as restaurant manager and singer, and how they are dealing with the challenges of Covid-19 times.

This video will premiere March 26, 18:30



Read about the project and watch the other episodes here! Read more about Restaurant Hemel & Aarde on their website.


Support our singers

For the second year in a row our musicians see their income plummeting due to the cancelled Passion performances where they would appear as soloist, singer, musician or conductor. We ask you to consider supporting our singers and to make a donation, which will be used for the benefit of the musicians of the Netherlands Chamber Choir. With you help we can offer much-needed to support to our (self-employed) musicians and keep making music at the highest level.

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The Matthew Mission with Reinbert de Leeuw

Order now through our webshop: the documentary, video registration and cd set of the St. Matthew Passion, conducted by Reinbert de Leeuw and performed by the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Holland Baroque.

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The Quiet Passion is an intiative by the Netherlands Chamber Choir

Episode 3: Geduld! Geduld!

Alberto ter Doest tenor
Maartje van Weegen presentation
Thijs Sicking guest

Freek Borstlap viola da gamba
Gerard de Wit organ

Imre Ploeg, Joost Verheggen, Niels de Groot redaction
Laura Jonker producer

Onno van Ameijde director and editing
Linde Dorenbos camera assistant
Jasper Verkaart camera
Marijn Zurburg camera
Maarten Elzinga sound engineering and mastering

With thanks to: Restaurant Hemel & Aarde and Hotel Nox


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