Easter has inspired some of the greatest works in classical music. From Cornwall to Glasgow, here’s a selection of unmissable concerts of Easter music.
Messiah on Good Friday – The Royal Choral Society
The Royal Choral Society has performed Handel’s Messiah on Good Friday every year at The Royal Albert Hall since 1876!
The choir will be joined by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Richard Cooke.
Date: Friday 19 April, at 2.30 pm.
Venue: The Royal Albert Hall, London
Tickets: Available from £18 – £48. To book click here.
Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square
Returning for the third year, St John’s Smith Square present their Holy Week Festival curated by Tenebrae and their artistic director Nigel Short. The festival will also include opportunities to participate in workshops.
Date: Sunday, 14 April – Saturday, 20 April
Venue: St John’s Smith Square, London
Tickets: From £10 – £35. To book click here.
Easter Oratorio – Oxford Bach Soloists
This work by Bach in 11 movements is a journey from grief to joy told by the four characters Mary Magdalene, Mary Jacobe, Simon Peter, and John the Apostle.
Date: Saturday, 20 April, at 5 pm
Venue: New College Chapel, Oxford
Tickets: £25, £20 (Oxford Uni alumni), £10 (student), free for under 18s. To book click here.
St Endellion Easter Festival, North Cornwall
The St Endellion Music Festival at Easter brings together a wide range of musicians from all over the world to perform opera, choral, orchestral, chamber and recital concerts in the inspiring and intimate atmosphere of the Collegiate Church of St Endellion, North Cornwall and surrounds. A highlight will be a specially commissioned St Mark’s Passion by Oliver Tarney which will be performed on Good Friday along with Bach’s Cantata No 4 and Haydn’s 26th Symphony.
Date: 13 April – 21 April
Venue: St Endellion Church,
Tickets: From £12.50 – £26. To book click here.
Easter Weekend at Snape Maltings, Suffolk
Snape Maltings present contrasting masterpieces of sacred music from different eras. Bach offers a compelling, dramatic telling of Christ’s Passion, operatic in scope. Faure’s gentle Requiem mass uplifts as it consoles and is given an intriguing fresh context by one of this country’s most celebrated vocal ensembles, Tenebrae, who pair it with Bach’s choral music and works for solo violin. Profound and mysterious music by Beethoven and Adès completes the weekend.
Date: Friday, 19 April -Saturday, 20 April
Venue: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Orford Church, Britten Studio
Tickets: From £3.00 – £25. To book click here.
Good Friday St Matthew Passion at Birmingham Symphony Hall
Ex Cathedra’s Choir and Baroque Orchestra celebrate the Birmingham Good Friday tradition with an intense and dignified retelling of the Passiontide story through Bach’s St Matthew Passion.
Date: Friday, 19 April at 2pm
Venue: Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tickets: From £12.50 – £43. To book click here.
Handel’s Brockes Passion at The Barbican, London
Composed while the young Handel was at the peak of his operatic success in London, his Brockes Passion is a sacred opera by another name, its emotions and events intricate and richly painted. Following the Passion story from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion, Barthold Heinrich Brockes’ text was set by numerous composers including Telemann and Fasch, but it is Handel’s treatment which has stood the test of time, inviting its listeners into the heart of the Easter story. It is performed by The Academy of Ancient Music.
Date: Friday, 19 April at 3pm (pre-concert talk at 2 pm)
Venue: The Barbican
Tickets: From £10 – £50. To book click here.
Handel’s Messiah at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
With the RSNO Chorus conducted by its Director Gregory Batsleer and featuring a team of star singers, enjoy all the freshness, inspiration and joy of a truly timeless classic this Easter.
Date: Saturday, 20 April
Venue: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Tickets: From £19 – £38.50. To book click here.