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Tenebrae’s Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square

Tenebrae presents its fourth annual Holy Week Festival in partnership with St John’s Smith Square, celebrating the rich variety of choral music for Lent and Easter through a programme of concerts, workshops and late-night events.


This year’s festival features:

  • The King’s Singers (5 April)
  • Thee all-female ensemble Musica Secreta (11 April)
  • Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Merton College, Oxford and Florilegium with James Oxley and Sophie Bevan (6 April)
  • St John Passion, Polyphony and the OAE   (10 April)
  • B Minor Mass, Armonico Consort with Elin Manahan Thomas  (12 April)

Tenebrae’s headline performance on Wednesday 8 April will feature Allegri’s celebrated Miserere, mei Deus, as well as music by Byrd, Tallis and MacMillan.

The group will also collaborate with saxophonist Christian Forshaw on Thursday 9 April, exploring the intersection of ancient and modern in a series of new arrangements by Forshaw and Tenebrae’s artistic director, Nigel Short.

Here are Tenebrae, performing Allegri’s Miserere:

Focus on mental health

Following recent research which demonstrates the prevalence of mental health difficulties in musicians, this year’s festival will also introduce a new focus on mental health. The festival opens with a guided meditation on Sunday 5 April, and Tenebrae’s concert on 8 April will be preceded by a panel discussion about music and grief, featuring Ian Ritchie (Artistic Director of The Musical Brain), neurologist Professor Michael Trimble, and cultural historian Dr Robert Letellier.

Full listings and box office information are available here.