St John’s Smith Square and Tenebrae announce Holy Week Festival 201912:42, 12th March 2019
Returning for a third successive year, St John’s Smith Square and Tenebrae have announced the Holy Week Festival 2019 running from Palm Sunday 14 April – Holy Saturday 20 April.
Curated in partnership with Tenebrae and Nigel Short, artistic director for the festival, 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. The 2019 festival will also mark Sir James MacMillan’s 60th birthday year by celebrating his music.
Distinguished headline performers in this year’s festival include the Brodsky Quartet, Ex Cathedra (pictured), The Marin Consort, Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and The Tallis Scholars. Tenebrae is also delighted to collaborate with the Britten Sinfonia for MacMillan’s 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.
Sir James MacMillan said: ‘With the growing interest in, and popularity for sacred music this is an event which is making a timely appearance, especially at a liturgically charged time of year. It appeals 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.’
For more information visit https://www.sjss.org.uk/events/holy-week-festival-2019.