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This year we look forward to a busy Holy Week, when Hazard Chase artists can be found performing Easter music in venues across the globe, from London to Auckland.

Sunday 14th April

Peter Phillips and The Tallis Scholars open the Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square with a programme inspired by the music of the Sistine Chapel.

Soprano Joanne Lunn heads to South Tyrol to sing the Brockes Passion with Le Concert Lorrain, in Merano and Bressanone (Sunday 14th and Monday 15th April).

Tristan Hambleton performs the St Matthew Passion in Oxford with the Choir of Merton College and the Instruments of Time and Truth.


Monday 15th April

Evangelist James Gilchrist and tenor Mark Le Brocq open this year’s Easter at King’s week, with the St Matthew Passion alongside the choir of King’s College, Cambridge and the Academy of Ancient Music (Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th April).

The Brodsky Quartet welcome their new member Gina McCormack in their first UK concert together, performing Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross at St John’s Smith Square.


Tuesday 16th April

Charles Daniels is with Ex Cathedra as their Evangelist in the St Matthew Passion at St George’s Bristol.

In Milan, Martin Hässler also performs the St Matthew Passion with the Ensemble laBarocca, at the Auditorium di Milano (Tuesday 16th and Friday 19th April), and in Milan Cathedral (Wednesday 17th April).


Wednesday 17th April

James Gilchrist joins the Academy of Ancient Music to sing another St Matthew Passion, this time at Cadogan Hall conducted by William Vann.


Thursday 18th April

Gotthold Schwarz conducts the Gewandhaus Orchester and Joanne Lunn for performances of the St John Passion in Leipzig’s Thomaskirche (Thursday 18th and Friday 19th April).

Jess Dandy returns to the Dunedin Consort as they head to Aberdeen to perform the St Matthew Passion under the baton of Trevor Pinnock.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates Easter in Cardiff with Bach’s Easter Oratorio featuring baritone William Dazeley, in concert at Hoddinott Hall.

Sofi Jeannin will be in New Zealand to conducts the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in a celebratory Easter programme featuring arias and choruses from Bach’s Easter Oratorio and St John and St Matthew passions.

James Gilchrist and Anna Tilbrook perform Schubert, Philips and Barber as part of James’ Easter residency with Kings College, Cambridge.


Friday 19th April, Good Friday

At the Royal Albert Hall, Madeleine Shaw will sing in the Royal Choral Society’s annual Good Friday performance of Handel’s Messiah. Richard Cooke conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tristan Hambleton performs Stainer’s The Crucifixion as part of Chester Cathedral’s Holy Week worship.

Stephen Layton leads Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as they perform the St John Passion in St John’s Smith Square’s ongoing Holy Week Festival.

Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan present the St Matthew Passion at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall (Friday 19th April and Sunday 21st April).

James Gilchrist performs the Evangelist St John Passion at Snape Maltings, Suffolk.

At the St Endellion Easter Festival, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones is the soloist in the world première of the specially commissioned St Mark Passion by composer Oliver Tarney.


Saturday 20th April

In Cambridge, Easter at King’s continues as King’s College Chapel welcomes back James Gilchrist and Edward Grint as they perform Joubert’s St Mark Passion.


Sunday 21st April, Easter Sunday

The Dunedin Consort along with Jess Dandy present an afternoon of Bach cantatas for Easter Sunday in Perth.