Classical music

OAE: Bach’s St Matthew Passion

Part of Visions, Illusions and Delusions

Mark Padmore and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment perform Bach’s St Matthew Passion with an all-star line-up of singers, to mark Easter.

One of the iconic pieces of classical music, Bach's St Matthew Passion retains its huge emotional impact even 300 years on from its premiere. An unsentimental depiction of the Easter story, it is immediate in its power, but yields new riches after years of exploration.

Performed on period instruments to reveal the original colours and textures of the music, it is here sung by a top-drawer cast, including baritone Roderick Williams and Mark Padmore in the role of the Evangelist, as well as directing the Orchestra.


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Mark Padmore director, Evangelist
Roderick Williams baritone, Christus
Jessica Cale soprano
Katherine Watson soprano
Claudia Huckle contralto
Eleanor Minney mezzo-soprano
Hugo Hymas tenor
Matthew Brook bass
Choir of the Enlightenment


JS Bach: St Matthew Passion
-: (performed in German)

Dates & times

26 Mar 2018
Approximate run time: 180 mins
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Royal Festival Hall


£10 - £75
Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)
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