Early 2018, Jos van Veldhoven moved on from being the artistic leader of the Dutch Bach Society, which naturally doesn’t necessarily mean that he has banished Bach from his life. It is with pride and joy that we may welcome him at the South Netherlands Philharmonic to conduct his first St Mathew Passion after his valediction. It will be a St Mathew Passion in which the love for and experience with Bach’s music, honed over decades, are the central pillars. A performance in which beloved arias like ‘Aus der Liebe’ and ‘Erbarme dich’ sound more pure and sincere than ever. For the soloists also, with amongst others Rosanne van Sandwijck and Johanette Zomer, are of the highest class.