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Tenebrae and Britten Sinfonia collaborate for the first time for an absorbing and moving concert experience. These premiere ensembles celebrate Sir James MacMillan’s 60th birthday year with his Seven Last Words from the Cross, widely admired as one of the composer’s finest achievements, alongside poignant liturgical music by Poulenc and Victoria. MacMillan’s cantata follows Christ’s final utterances at the Crucifixion, meditating on each to form a dramatic and emotional sequence.

“I wasn’t merely listening to this music; I came to feel I was living inside it… a performance to remember.” – The Times (Tenebrae, Holy Week Festival 2018)

Pre-concert talk with Sir James MacMillan and Nigel Short at 7.00pm

The concert will last around 75 minutes without an interval.

Participants of the morning’s workshop are entitled to 10% ticket discount for this concert. Bookings must be made in the same transaction.


Poulenc Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence
Victoria Selection from the Tenebrae Responsories for Good Friday
Sir James MacMillan Seven Last Words from the Cross

Artist Information

Britten Sinfonia
Nigel Short conductor


Nigel Short, Tenebrae