As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company took the decision to end
the tour, cancelling the remaining 52 performances of its Spring season.
ETO made a commitment to its artists and audiences, honouring the entire
company’s fees for the tour and developing new ways to keep music in the
lives of the communities it serves.
English Touring Opera’s debut broadcast creatively weaves together footage
of the live performance at the Hackney Empire, with 90 individual video
contributions made by choir members in isolation from Cumbria to Cornwall
who were due to participate in performances across the country.
Conductor, Jonathan Peter Kenny, and English Touring Opera’s Artistic
Director, James Conway, are encouraging audiences to experience the St John
Passion in a communal way this Easter Sunday, with many thousands of us
sitting down to listen to one of the great masterpieces of Western
civilisation together, connecting with one another through Bach’s music,
whilst in physical isolation.
English Touring Opera’s production of Bach’s St John Passion will be
broadcast from their YouTube channel –
– at 4pm on Sunday 12 April and will be available to
stream for one week. Use the hashtag #ETOStJohn to share your listening
experience and connect with other audience members.
English Touring Opera are set to release other digital content in the
coming weeks including other performances; interactive insight talks;
signing lessons for children and adults; and music projects for people with
special educational needs and disabilities. Follow their YouTube and other
social media channels, or join their mailing list at
to find out more.
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product_id=Above: Jonathan Peter Kenny conducts ETO soloists, The Old Street Band, and local choirs at Hackney Empire in Bach’s St John Passion (Spring 2020).
Photo credit: Andreas Grieger