Easter is always a busy time of year for our artists, who perform in events celebrating Passiontide in the UK and around the world.
Nicholas Mulroy shows why he is much in demand as an Evangelist, singing the St John Passion with Stephen Cleobury in Cambridge, Nicholas Kraemer in Dublin and Simon Wright in Leeds, as well as the St Matthew Passion with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort in Edinburgh and at the Wigmore Hall. His concert with the Akademie für Alte Musik and RIAS Kammerchor in Berlin includes Telemann’s Easter cantata Die Auferstehung und Himmelfahrt Jesu.
Peter Harvey recently sang Bach’s St John Passion with the Bach-Stiftung St. Gallen and with the York Baroque Soloists. During Holy Week he sings Handel’s Brockes Passion on tour with Concerto Copenhagen. His new recording of Telemann’s Passion Oratorio Seliges Erwägen des bittern Leidens und Sterbens Jesu Christi with Freiburger Barockorchester was released last week.
Nicholas Mogg performs the St John Passion with the Choir of Hereford Cathedral. David Shipley sings Christus in the St John Passion with the Choir of Westminster Cathedral.
On Maundy Thursday, Elizabeth Atherton and Nick Pritchard sing Handel’s Messiah with the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra and the Schola Cantorum of Oxford at the Sheldonian Theatre.
David Hill conducts The Bach Choir in the St Matthew Passion at the Royal Festival Hall, a much-anticipated fixture in London’s musical calendar.
On Good Friday, Nick Pritchard sings the Evangelist in the St John Passion with Polyphony at St John’s, Smith Square for the second year running. Laurence Cummings conducts the St Matthew Passion as part of the London Handel Festival, in a performance at St George’s Hannover Square which sees the work set in its original context as part of the Good Friday Vespers service.
Anna Harvey performs the St Matthew Passion at Salisbury Cathedral, along with James Oxley, who sang the world premiere of Philip Moore’s St Luke Passion at Wells Cathedral on Palm Sunday. Peter Auty sings Stainer’s Crucifixion in Guildford Cathedral with the BBC Singers.
Matthew Brook returns to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment with a European tour of the St Matthew Passion, including two appearances in the UK at the Royal Festival Hall and in Basingstoke.
Joshua Ellicott will sing the role of the Evangelist in the St John Passion for both the Royal Northern Sinfonia at The Sage Gateshead, and at Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao next month.
David Stout sings The Dream of Gerontius at King's College, Cambridge with a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Easter at King's Festival.
In the Netherlands, Christopher Ainslie will tour the St Matthew Passion with Philharmonie Zuidnederland.
In Dublin, Benjamin Bevan makes his debut with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra performing the St John Passion at the at the National Concert Hall.
Yuri Simonov conducts the Russian Easter Festival Overture by Rimsky Korsakov at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli as part of the Eastertide concerts on 30 & 31 March 2018.