Thursday 17 February 2022

St John's Smith Square's Easter Festival 2022

St John's Smith Square, Easter Festival
St John's Smith Square's Easter Festival might be relatively new but it has established itself as a feature of the the liturgical season. This year, Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment return for a performance of Bach's St John Passion on Good Friday with Nick Pritchard as the Evangelist and William Thomas as Jesus, whilst Sansara will be performing in a series of late-night liturgical events on Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, and Sansara will also be joining Fretwork for a programme that combines music by Arvo Part including his Stabat Mater with Robert White's Lamentations.

The Choir of King's College, London kicks things off with a performance of Rachmaninov's All Night Vigil conducted by Joseph Fort, and other highlights include the Southbank Sinfonia performing Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and the London Handel Orchestra, conductor Adrian Butterfield, in a programme of Handel and Vivaldi with soprano Hilary Cronin. Organist Martin Baker will be performing Le Chemin de la Croix, the most ambitious organ work of French virtuoso organist and composer, Marcel Dupré; a work written in 1931 depicting the 14 stations of the cross.

Full details from the St John's Smith Square website.

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