Coronavirus force majeure.

St. Matthew Passion 2020 cancelled and postponed  

The performances of the St. Matthew Passion on 6 and 8 April 2020 are cancelled. Both concerts are postponed to the Passion Week of next year.

In 2021 the St. Matthew Passion in the Oirschot basilica will take place on Wednesday 31 March 2021.
The Highlights concert is planned – again  in Gerwen -  on Monday 29 March 2021.

Already purchased tickets will remain valid for the new concert dates in 2021. Those who purchased tickets online will be notified individually. In case you missed the email, you can use one of the reaction forms on this website (in Dutch). Those who bought tickets in a physical shop and do not wish to use them, may return the tickets at the place of purchase and get a refund if desired.

We hope to meet you next year in good health.

Integral performance of St. Matthew Passion
at St. Peter’s Basilica in Oirschot
on Wednesday 31 March 2021
starting at 19:30 h

In the magnificent basilica of Oirschot a delightful performance of St. Matthew Passion will take place.
On Wednesday before Easter, Kempenkoor will sing J.S. Bach’s masterpiece for the 16th time!
This St. Matthew Passion ranks among the most appreciated performances in the south of the Netherlands and therefore belongs in the Easter agenda of many frequent visitors.


Baroque orchestra
Jongenskoor (Boys Choir) Dalfsen
Conductor: Cees Wouters
Choir tutor: Ad Broeksteeg


Jan van Elsacker, tenor (Evangelist)
Ronald Dijkstra, bass (Christ)
Hilde Coppé, soprano
Gerben van der Werf, altus
Peter Vos, tenor
Joris van Baar, bass
Ralph Rousseau Meulenbroeks, viola da gamba

Ticket sales

Admission: € 20 / € 35 / € 45 / € 75 / € 130 / € 210 (incl. dinner)
Including: beverage during intermission and programme.
Prices are excluding € 1,- service charge per ticket and additional payment charges when not using iDeal.

  • On-line ticket shop
  • You can also buy tickets at the counter of TIP Oirschot (Tourist Information Point), Markt 1, 5688 AJ Oirschot. Pin payment only. After ordering and payment you will receive your e-tickets via email.

On the evening of the concert, tickets can also be obtained at the church (if available).

Foundation Matthaüs Passion Oirschot-De Kempen
De Steenzager 38
5506 GH Veldhoven
Phone: 06-3759 9505, 040-254 9145 or 040-254 3453
E-mail: stichting@matthauspassionoirschot.nl

Foundation Matthäus Passion Oirschot-De Kempen takes great care in creating, assembling and distributing the information on this website, but cannot in any way guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information. The foundation does not accept any responsibility and disclaims all liability for any damages arising from the use or incompleteness of the information provided on this website in any manner.

Highlights of St. Matthew Passion

On Monday 29 March 2020 you can attend the dress rehearsal of Kempenkoor and the baroque orchestra.

Location: New Sint-Clemens church
Heuvel 17, 5674 RR Gerwen (in the community Nuenen)
Time: 20 – 22 h (no intermission)

In addition to all choir pieces from St. Matthew Passion, also some wonderful arias are on the programme.

Soloist:  Rianne Wilbers, soprano.
Narrator: Peter Vos, tenor.


Every year Kempenkoor visits a different town to introduce more people to St. Matthew Passion. An abbreviated version of St. Matthew Passion is performed, which includes all choir pieces and some arias. This concept is unique in the Netherlands. Many visitors are so captivated that they want to attend the full performance in Oirschot later.

What will happen that evening?

  • You will witness the dress rehearsal of the choir and the orchestra (totalling 130 musicians). They will be rehearsing all chorals and choir pieces.
    You will also hear any instructions of the conductor (in Dutch). The integral performance will take place in Oirschot two days later.
  • Tonight the well-known story of the betrayal and death of Jesus will be narrated (in Dutch). In the integral performance this story will be sung by the evangelist.
  • Soloists will sing a few arias.
  • Musicians will give some explanations about their instruments (in Dutch). These are actual baroque instruments from the days of Bach or faithful copies.
  • The evening has a relaxed atmosphere.


Children welcome

We warmly welcome children to attend the concert. The evening has been shortened to create a music performance that will appeal to the entire family.
“They did not know that classical music could be such fun and beautiful”, according to an enthusiastic grandfather. The Highlights of St. Matthew Passionis a success among children.

Are you interested to attend this special programme? 

Admission to Highlights of St. Matthew Passion is € 14,00 (excluding €1,00 service cost).
Young people under 16 years escorted by an adult pay € 4,00 (excluding €1,00 service cost).

Ticket sales

  • On-line ticket shop
  • Via members of Kempenkoor
  • At the following shops in Nuenen-Gerwen:
  • On 6 April 2020 from 19.30 h at the church (if tickets are available)

Committee of Recommendation

We are proud that several important citizens of Nuenen-Gerwen have agreed to lend their name to this concert. They are pleased with this upcoming unique event and help us to promote it.