Easter Festival at St John's Smith Square

Easter Festival at St John's Smith Square
We are thoroughly excited to announce our involvement in the upcoming Easter Festival at our home, St John’s Smith Square! Taking place from 10-17 April 2022, Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, the festival will see a return of the acclaimed venue to it’s liturgical roots featuring many favourites of choral devotion.

The seven-day Easter Festival is crowned by appearances from renowned ensembles including Polyphony and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Vox Luminis and Choir of King’s College, London, as well as Fretwork Consort and of course ourselves here at Southbank Sinfonia. Furthermore, the festival is set to feature wonderful soloists including organist Martin Baker and three late-night candlelit performances by SANSARA, which will be livestreamed free via the St John’s Smith Square website.

Southbank Sinfonia will be bringing to life Pergolesi’s gorgeous Stabat Mater on Tuesday 12 April, with the enduring setting conducted by the orchestra’s director Simon Over.

Speaking on this exciting announcement, Richard Heason, Co-Director of St John’s Smith Square, commented: “We are delighted to announce our first festival of 2022. The Easter Festival at St John’s Smith Square celebrates some of the best orchestral, choral and chamber music across the ages. From the wonderful Polyphony and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, under the direction of Stephen Layton, to SANSARA, Vox Luminis and many more, the festival offers something for everyone. We are also delighted to present a hybrid festival, with our free late-night series of liturgical events being available to livestream from your home, allowing those unable to attend in person the opportunity to celebrate with us both nationally and internationally. We look forward to warmly welcoming you at the hall this Easter.”

We look forward to welcoming you all here to celebrate the period with some glorious music and a hot cross bun or two!

St John’s Smith Square Priority booking for the Festival opens on Monday 14 February 2022, with all concerts on sale from Monday 21 February 2022. Head over to the website for more information: https://www.sjss.org.uk/whats-on