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Coventry Cathedral Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5AB
Sat 19 Mar 2022 @ 18.00
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Sophie Scholl Passion

Sat 19 Mar 2022 @ 18.00
Coventry Cathedral
Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5AB
Duration: 2 hours
From £15

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Hans and Sophie Scholl are amongst the most famous personalities in Germany. Nearly every town has a Scholl Square, a Geschwister Scholl School, or a Sophie Scholl Street. Their lives are a set part of the German history curriculum in every school and every year new books, documentaries and films about their lives are published. On May 9, 2021 it would have been Sophie Scholl’s 100th Birthday.

The lives of Hans and Sophie Scholl, founder of the White Rose resistance group is widely unknown in the UK. That there was resistance in the public during NS time is for many British still news, having learnt at school mainly about the obeying Germans during the war and the enormous following for Hitler. The German Choir of London wants to tell a different story.

For this concert the German Choir commissioned a play that accompanies JS Bach’s Matthew-Passion to highlight the story of Sophie Scholl, executed by the Gestapo in 1943 for opposing Hitler with a campaign of non-violence during the Second World War. The concert will tell the story of Sophie, confined in Stadelheim Prison, Munich in the period before her death, through an original libretto created by playwright Ross McGregor, by combining letters, newspaper articles, the White Rose leaflets and court protocols with the music of J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.

This new interpretation will be performed with the German Choir of London and Coventry Cathedral Choir in Coventry Cathedral (March 19th 2022) and London St John’s Smith Square (March 17th 2022). It will encourage us to remember that the courage of Sophie Scholl and her fellow conspirators is an inspiration through time, a reminder that fighting injustice, fighting against systems which are wrong, even against the greatest odds, is truly a message of our time.

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