Classical music

London Philharmonic Orchestra: St Luke Passion

Part of Classical Season

Hear a performance of Penderecki's St Luke Passion, which left avant-garde critics lost for words when it premiered in 1966. Audiences were left reeling with emotion and disbelief that new music could speak with such feeling, such directness and such shattering power.

'I have lived through very difficult times,' says Penderecki, and as the music fights, shouts and laments its way towards redemption, Penderecki's massive choral retelling of the last days of Christ takes its place as one of the 20th century's enduring masterpieces.

Under Vladimir Jurowski, it stands as a monumental centrepiece to Southbank Centre's Belief and Beyond Belief festival.

Organised in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the Polska Music programme.


London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Omar Ebrahim narrator
Elizabeth Atherton soprano
Dietrich Henschel baritone
Tomasz Konieczny bass
Polish Radio Choir
Camerata Silesia Katowice City Singers' Ensemble
Warsaw Boys' Choir


Penderecki: St. Luke Passion for 3 voices, narrator, choruses & orchestra

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Royal Festival Hall

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From 5pm – 5.30pm, join London Music Masters and children from seven London primary schools for a fun and exciting free performance. Using their violins, cellos, voices, bodies and bucket drums, the children perform two brand new pieces of music: Flutter by LMM Composer Award holder Jack White and Music is Everything, which was written with the children in workshops led by animateur Rosie Adediran.

There is no interval in this performance which ends at approx. 9pm