The quiet Passion

9 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. We invited four guests, each of their lives touched by the pandemic in a different way, to join and listen to this performance, to share their stories with each other. The series consist of four episodes – a new episode will be released weekly from Friday March 12 onwards!


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.

Support the Choir (in Dutch)


Episode 1: Aus Liebe

Mónica Monteiro soprano
Ineke Verbeek guest (PACU-nurse St. Antonius Hospital Nieuwegein)

Read more about this episode here


Episode 2: Komm, süßes Kreuz

Jasper Schweppe bass
Maartje van Dijk guest (student Utrecht University)

Read more about this episode here


Episode 3: Geduld! Geduld!

Alberto ter Doest tenor
Thijs Sicking guest (restaurant manager Hemel & Aarde)
Recorded at Restaurant Hemel & Aarde, Utrecht

Premieres on March 26, 18:30
Read more about this episode here


Episode 4: Erbarme dich

Eline Welle alto
Michiel Josephus Jitta guest
Recorded at Pieterskerk Leiden


Read more about this episode here



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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