Britten Sinfonia is pleased to announce that Simon Russell Beale will read a selection of T S Eliot poetry and sacred texts during the orchestra’s Easter performances of Bach’s St John Passion with Mark Padmore.
Mark Padmore who sings the role of Evangelist and has curated the programme that sets Bach’s theatrical and devotional masterwork alongside the biblical text and poetry said “Bach’s St John Passion is a profound meditation on suffering. It was written to disturb our consciences and provoke our compassion. By including biblical texts and poetry by TS Eliot – read by Simon Russell Beale – we hope to focus attention on the message that this timeless masterpiece has for our own age.”
Simon Russell Beale is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed talents in British theatre and has been described by The Independent as “the greatest stage actor of his generation”. He is an associate artist at the RSC having most recently appeared in the acclaimed production of The Tempest and also regularly appears at the National Theatre and Almeida Theatre.
Performances of the St John Passion take place at Norwich’s St Andrew’s Hall on Thursday 13 April, at London’s Barbican on Friday 14 April and Cambridge’s King’s College Chapel on Saturday 15 April. Click here for more info and to book tickets.