Friday 9 February 2024

Easter Festival at St John's Smith Square

The organ and interior of St John's Smith Square - courtesy of St John's Smith Square
St John's Smith Square

2024 marks the 300th anniversary of the first performance of Bach's St John Passion, and St John's Smith Square will be marking this with a performance from Stephen Layton, Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with James Gilchrist as the Evangelist on Friday 29 March 2024 as the culmination of this year's Easter Festival at St John's Smith Square.

The festival, which runs through Holy Week, also includes the National Youth Choir in Fauré's Requiem, whilst the Southbank Sinfonia is joining forces with the Purcell Singers and conductors Mark Ford and Jonathan Schranz for a concert that pairs Mozart's Requiem with Eric Whitacre's When David Heard, Knut Nystedt's Immortal Bach and Kerry Andrew's O Nata Lux.

Lunchtime concerts include organist Roger Sayer in Marcel Dupré's Symphonie-Passion plus music by Bach and Alfred Hollins, and the Civil Service Choir, conductor Stephen Hall, in masses by Schubert and Haydn.

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

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