classical music

Bach's St John Passion

Part of Classical Season 2018/19

Sir Simon Rattle has assembled a glittering team for this definitive staging of one of Bach’s great masterpieces, the St John Passion.

First there’s an all-star cast of brilliant singers, including Christine Rice, Mark Padmore and Roderick Williams.

Then he’s brought in celebrated director Peter Sellars to bring it to life on stage – so you see the drama unfurl as well as hear it.

Bach’s musical setting of the crucifixion of Christ is full of colour and emotional depth.

More intense than its sister piece, the St Matthew Passion, it combines high drama and challenging introspection with some of the most experimental music Bach ever wrote.


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Peter Sellars director
Camilla Tilling soprano
Christine Rice mezzo-soprano *
Andrew Staples tenor
Mark Padmore tenor, Evangelist
Roderick Williams baritone, Jesus
George Nigl baritone *
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment


JS Bach: St. John Passion

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Royal Festival Hall


£10 - £90
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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Book multiple Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 2 – 3 events (15% discount); 4 – 7 events (20% discount); 8 or more events (25% discount). Events must be in the 2018/19 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats.


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* Please note change of artist from originally advertised.

Event information
Unfortunately, Christian Gerharer and Magdalena Kozená are unable to perform. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment is grateful to George Nigl and Christine Rice for stepping in.

Related events
The Clore Ballroom at 6pm: pre-concert talk. Director Peter Sellars discusses his groundbreaking staging of the St John Passion with broadcaster Susannah Simons. Admission free.

Book multiple Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment events in the same transaction and receive a discount.
2 – 3 events (15% discount)
4 – 7 events (20% discount)
8 or more events (25% discount)

Book an Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment event for a group of ten people or more and receive a 20% discount.

Under-35s receive a 50% discount. Please bring identification for proof of age.

Children and student £5 tickets are available for every concert.

These discounts, and the £5 tickets, are not available on top-price seats.