Sir John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Bach every morning and evening on the stairs of his parents' house, where it hung for safety during the Second World War. He has been studying and performing Bach ever since, and is now regarded as one of the composer's greatest living interpreters.
The fruits of this lifetime's immersion are now distilled in this remarkable book, which explains in wonderful detail how Bach worked, how his music is constructed, how it achieves its effects--and what it can tell us about Bach the man. It is grounded in all the most recent Bach scholarship but moves far beyond it, and takes us as deeply into Bach's works and mind as perhaps words can. This is a unique book about one of the greatest of all creative artists.
Join Sir John Eliot as he discusses his book in the stunning surroundings of Southwark Cathedral and enjoy discovering Sir John Eliot’s favourites from amongst the recordings of the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists.
Southwark Cathedral, notes: Bach’s St Matthew’s Passion has been performed at Southwark Cathedral many times, not least by Benjamin Britten in the 1960s and almost 70 years ago to the day by the great singer Kathleen Ferrier. At Kathleen’s memorial service at the Cathedral in November 1953 the Bishop of Croydon, in his eulogy, said of Ferrier's voice: "She seemed to bring into this world a radiance from another world”
The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark will be hosting Qs and As. Southwark Cathedral is working in association with Allen Lane.
Your ticket entitles you to £5 off the publication The Music in the Castle of Heaven by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, available from the Cathedral Shop.
Refreshments available from The Refectory.
All are welcome to attend Choral Evensong at 5.30 pm on the day however if you arrive after 5.30 pm, once the Service has started, it will not be possible to gain access. To allow time for our choristers, clergy and congregation to disperse the Cathedral doors will open for the Talk at 6.30 pm.
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The nearest London Underground station is London Bridge (approx 5 min walk) which is on the Jubilee and Northern Line. London Bridge is also the nearest mainline train station.
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Southwark Cathedral, which is the oldest gothic church in London, lies on the South Bank of the River Thames close to London Bridge on a site occupied by a Church for over one thousand years. The main structure of today's church was built between 1220 and 1420.
The Cathedral is also the mother church of the Anglican Diocese of Southwark and has seen all history throughout the ages past. As a result we welcome everyone from any background.