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Talk by Sir John Eliot Gardiner: 'Music in the Castle of Heaven'

Southwark Cathedral

Monday, 30 September 2013 from 19:00 to 20:00 (BST)

Talk by Sir John Eliot Gardiner: 'Music in the Castle...

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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.

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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”


Sir John Elliot Gardiner

The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark will be hosting Qs and As.  Southwark Cathedral is working in association with Allen Lane.

Tickets: £11.50

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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Southwark Cathedral
Montague Close
SE1 9DD London
United Kingdom

Monday, 30 September 2013 from 19:00 to 20:00 (BST)

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Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship for over 1000 years. Established as a small convent, it grew over the centuries into a priory, which became a parish church and then, in 1905, the Cathedral for the newly created Diocese of Southwark which serves the whole of London south of the river.

The Cathedral’s patchwork architecture bears testament to its past as do the many monuments and memorials inside and outside the church. These are reminders of the rich history of this part of London and our association with such major figures in our creative history, including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens.

Southwark Cathedral is a place of worship, welcome and friendship, to rejoice in or find rest when you’re weary. We are London’s community Cathedral striving to live the example of Jesus, seeking to be a spiritual home for all and set at the heart of Bankside, buzzing with people and activity, a vibrant cultural and commercial destination.



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