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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment: The Judas Passion

Part of Classical Season 2017/18

Can the ultimate betrayal ever be forgiven, asks the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in this provocative new chronicle of Jesus’ final days, told through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Escariot.

Written for the OAE’s period instruments by Sally Beamish, The Judas Passion echoes Bach’s great Passions in its exploration of the Last Supper and the Easter story.

But with a sizzling text by poet and librettist David Harsent, it asks us to reconsider Judas and his decision to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, and poses some challenging questions. Was what he did necessary? Could he have done any differently? And can he be forgiven?

This exciting new Passion is accompanied by All Words of Forgiveness, a literary project exploring the role of forgiveness in contemporary society.

A co-commission with Philharmonia Baroque (San Francisco).


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Nicholas McGegan conductor
Mary Bevan soprano, Mary
Brenden Gunnell tenor, Judas
Roderick Williams Christ, baritone
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment


Sally Beamish: The Judas Passion (World premiere)

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Partner venues
St John's Smith Square,

Smith Square, London SW1P 3HA


£10 - £40
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)
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Performance time
Please note start time of 7pm.
There is no interval in this performance which ends at approx. 8pm

Related event
Pre-concert event: 6pm, St John's, Smith Square
All Words for Forgiveness: Responses to the themes of forgiveness with composer Sally Beamish and librettist David Harsent. Admission free.

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