St John Passion

St John Passion

Bach’s St John Passion is not simply a beautiful piece of music, but a reflection on suffering and an attempt to make sense of it. Since our lives have been disrupted by the pandemic, the Passion now speaks to us from a fresh understanding of suffering and ignites in us a personal sense of compassion and empathy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment presents a new filmed realisation of this monumental production recorded in Battersea Arts Centre, with an all-star cast including Mark Padmore as Evangelist and Gerald Finley as Christus.

Directed by rock star cinematographer Grant Gee, the camera focuses on the faces, instruments and emotions of the Passion experience, as you have never seen before.

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St John Passion
  • St John Passion

    Bach’s St John Passion is not simply a beautiful piece of music, but a reflection on suffering and an attempt to make sense of it. Since our lives have been disrupted by the pandemic, the Passion now speaks to us from a fresh understanding of suffering and ignites in us a personal sense of compas...

  • St John Passion Programme

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  • Behind the Scenes of St John Passion

    Between recording sessions the OAE musicians shared their thoughts on the St John Passion music and their role in the performance. Plus an interview between Music director Mark Padmore, actor Nakhane and film director Grant Gee talk about their experience of the recording process.