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Lucy Thraves


Holy Week Festival returns to St John’s Smith Square

4:39, 10th January 2019

The third Holy Week Festival, curated in partnership with Tenebrae and Nigel Short, will return to St John’s Smith Square from 14 to 20 April.

The festival will focus on the music of Sir James MacMillan in recognition of the composer’s 60th birthday year.

MacMillan said that the event would appeal to ‘the religious and non-religious alike, in that its cherished repertoire is central to our great classical music culture, which is now a universal language and heritage.’

He continued: ‘Nigel Short is one of the great choral directors of our time and has established Tenebrae as one of the most significant vocal groups in the land.

‘St John’s Smith Square is the perfect co-curator for this endeavour and remains one of the most attractive venues in the centre of London. I am delighted and flattered that the curators are programming my music for the 2019 festival to mark my 60th birthday.’

Headline performers include the Brodsky Quartet, Ex Cathedra, The Marian Consort, Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and The Tallis Scholars.


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