Renos chats to Shirley Apthorp about Bach’s St John’s Passion

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Tune in to Saturday's Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice - Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8am to 11am
Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8am to 11am

On Saturday morning’s edition of Saturday’s Role With Reno, host Renos Spanoudes spoke to Umculo Director Shirley Apthorp about Bach’s St John’s Passion a production of Umculo Opera Incubator.


Shirley Apthorp
Shirley Apthorp

Bach’s St John’s Passion.

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An Umculo Opera Incubator Production, PASSION is a new dramatised production of Bach’s vision of human suffering and compassion, an extraordinary work with some of the most beautiful and rich music ever compose. It comes to Soweto’s Meadowlands Seventh-day Adventist Church in Mpolokeng Street from Friday 25 May to Sunday 27 May.

Umculo presents Bach's St John's Passion at the end of May.
Umculo presents Bach’s St John’s Passion at the end of May.

PASSION is directed by the renowned South African director Kobie van Rensburg and conducted by Felix Bender (from Germany). It brings together diverse South African community choirs and professional musicians from South Africa and Europe, uniting performers in an unprecedented and ambitious venture.

Shirley Apthorp, born in 1969 in Cape Town, moved with her family to Australia as a child. She studied music theory and violin at the University of Tasmania, and began to work as a music critic for the regional and national press at the age of 20.

In 2010 she launched Umculo, an organization with the aim of supporting social change through music in South Africa and continues to work as a music journalist.

Listen to the interview with Shirley Apthorp here:


Tune in to Saturday’s Role With Reno: O Rolos Tou Savattou Me Ton Reno, Saturday mornings on The New Pan Hellenic Voice – Greek Community Radio 1422MW from 8am to 11am

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