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Palm Sunday 14th April – Holy Saturday 20th April 2019

Returning for the third successive year, Tenebrae is delighted to present its Holy Week Festival curated in partnership with St John’s Smith Square.

St John’s Smith Square proudly hosts workshops, ticketed concerts and free late-night liturgical events exploring a vast range of sacred music in celebration of Holy Week. Nigel Short and Tenebrae will perform a moving sequence of devotional settings and responses on Spy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. The festival will also include opportunities to participate in workshops.

Once again, we are delighted to welcome some of the UK’s finest vocal ensembles together with their astonishingly talented directors. When you have made the journey to St John’s Smith Square to join us, sit back, relax and let this musical feast transport you away from the everyday strains and stresses of our hectic modern day lives. Stay on to immerse yourself in our re-enactment of some of the most atmospheric and spiritually intense liturgical events of the Christian calendar. I hope that this festival fulfils all your musical needs for the season and we look forward to welcoming you this Eastertide.

Nigel Short (Artistic Director, Tenebrae & Holy Week Festival)

The 2019 festival will mark Sir James MacMillan’s 60th birthday year by celebrating his extraordinarily beautiful and evocative music. We are delighted to welcome a host of distinguished headline performers to this year’s festival. Tenebrae and Britten Sinfonia collaborate for MacMillan’s groundbreaking Seven Last Words from the Cross together with: The BBC Singers conducted by Sir James MacMillan; Brodsky Quartet; Choir of Clare College, Cambridge; Etcetera Choir; Ex Cathedra; Marian Consort, Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; SANSARA; Siglo de Oro; and The Tallis Scholars.

From the late-night Offices of Tenebrae sung by candlelight to J.S. Bach’s powerful St John and St Matthew Passions, there will be something for everyone.

Festival Brochure

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Wednesday 17th April 2019, 10:15 pm

Liturgical Event I

Thursday 18th April 2019, 10:15 pm

Liturgical Event II

Friday 19th April 2019, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Tenebrae Effect: Holy Week Festival

Friday 19th April 2019, 10:15 pm

Liturgical Event III