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Thu 2 Apr 2015

Royal Festival Hall, London

Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £9-£70

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Bach’s St Matthew Passion, with an all-star line up of soloists, led by Mark Padmore.

One of the great iconic pieces of the classical canon, Bach’s St Matthew Passion retains its huge emotional impact even 300 years on from its premiere. Performed on period instruments to reveal the original colours and textures of the music it is here sung by a top-drawer cast, led by the great Bach interpreter Mark Padmore.

Bach St Matthew Passion

Choir One
Sophie Bevan soprano
Paula Murrihy mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore director/Evangelist
Stephan Loges Christus

Choir Two
Fflur Wyn soprano
Robin Blaze counter-tenor
Andrew Tortise tenor
Matthew Brook baritone

Soloists of the Choir of the Enlightenment


OAE Extras at 5.45pm.  Royal Festival Hall auditorium.
Free Admission.
OAE musicians talk about tonight’s performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and how it is realised without a conductor.

Venue details

This venue has disabled access. Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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  • Thank you for a lovely concert March 29 in Rotterdam. Especially my compliments for the Evangelist (Mark Padmore). He was good to follow even without the text on paper. The ‘Erbarme dich’ was well done by Paula Murrihy, though being a mezzo soprano and not a contra-alto.
    2015 was much better than 2014 (other performers).

    Nico Smaling Mon Mar 30 2015
  • Surely a best-in-a-lifetime performance of the St Matthew Passion (RFH, 2 April)? A thousand thanks to Mark Padmore, all the other singers and the OAE, all singing and playing incomparably, and listening almost as eloquently. Gracefully ‘staged’ too. Unforgettable.

    Susan Maddock Fri Apr 3 2015
  • Saw last night’s (3 April 2015) superlative performance at St George’s Bristol. Instrumentalists and vocalists in wonderful form. I thought Paula Murrinhy was excellent and the overall atmosphere provided by Mark and the ensemble was dramatic and moving. Are you going to record the St Matthew Passion? I think you should.

    John Percival Sat Apr 4 2015
  • yes, the London performance was recorded and will be available later this year on our label. Thank you for coming!

    oae Tue Apr 7 2015
  • Sublime performance at the RFH. Thankyou

    charles Tue Apr 7 2015
  • Is the London performance yet? I will never forget the performance in Amsterdam, I was so deeply moved! Would love to obtain the recording. Best St. Matthews Passion I ever heard in my life!

    Veronica Nichting Mon Dec 28 2015