Good Friday, April 14, 1922. It is with conductor Johan Schoonderbeek that Bach's St. Matthew Passion is performed in Naarden. A memorable date because a new ensemble and a new tradition are born: the Nederlandse Bachvereniging and their annual performance of the St. Matthew Passion at Easter. Only half a century earlier, the St. Matthew Passion had sounded in the Netherlands for the first time.... But we have since caught up: Bach's greatest work is now heard every Easter in more than a hundred places around the country. With Naarden and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging at the forefront; it has grown into a large event over and over again, with members of the cabinet and other dignitaries eagerly making their appearance.