Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square
Returning for a third successive year, the Holy Week Festival 2019 will take place at St John’s Smith Square from Palm Sunday 14th April – Holy Saturday 20th April 2019.
Curated in partnership with Tenebrae and Nigel Short, St John’s Smith Square will host 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.
The 2019 festival will mark Sir James MacMillan’s 60th birthday year by celebrating his extraordinarily beautiful and evocative music.
Distinguished headline performers in this year’s festival include the Brodsky Quartet, Ex Cathedra, The Marian Consort, Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and The Tallis Scholars. Alongside this are leading amateur (Etcetera Choir), collegiate (Choir of Clare College, Cambridge) and young professional ensembles (SANSARA and Siglo de Oro). Tenebrae is also delighted to collaborate with the Britten Sinfonia for MacMillan’s groundbreaking Seven Last Words from the Cross and the BBC Singers, conducted by Sir James MacMillan, will perform a selection of the composer’s a cappella works including movements from The Strathclyde Motets and A Choral Sequence from the St John Passion.