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Holy Week Festival 2018

Posted on 30 October 2017

26th March – 1st April 2018

Returning after a hugely successful inaugural year, we are delighted to present our Holy Week Festival curated in partnership with St John’s Smith Square.

St John’s Smith Square 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 a workshop with Tenebrae and Come & Sing Handel’s Messiah.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Baltic states, this year’s programming will feature music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Paweł Łukaszewski and Arvo Pärt amongst other Baltic composers. We are delighted to welcome a host of distinguished headline performers to this year’s festival such as Ex Cathedra, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Polyphony and the Britten Sinfonia, Skylark (from the USA) and The Tallis Scholars. We are also proud to revive our collaboration with the Aurora Orchestra; this year we present Pärt’s Passio on Wednesday 28th March 2018 in what promises to be an unmissable event in this year’s festival.

“You couldn’t have asked for a better performance: plush choral sound, heartfelt solos… rich contributions from the Aurora Orchestra and all immaculately sculpted by Short.”  The Times

Please visit for full details about our Holy Week Festival, which is now on sale.

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