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Music for Good Friday

Leeds Minster

Good Friday, 15 April, 7.00pm

A programme of beautiful and deeply expressive Italian music composed for the time when the Christian church commemorates the death of Christ.

Don’t miss this chance to hear Allegri’s famous Miserere live!

Tickets £15, Concessions £12, (Free FTE / Under-18)

Approximate duration 75 minutes


Crucifixus est pro nobis Antonio Lotti
Miserere meiFrancesco Scarlatti
Miserere mei Gregorio Allegri
Stabat Mater dolorosa Domenico Scarlatti

Sally Ladds cello

Graham Thorpe organ

St Peter’s Singers

Alexander Woodrow director

Our ‘Music for Good Friday’ series resumes after the pandemic with a programme of Italian music including Allegri’s famous Miserere.

The Miserere is a setting of Psalm 51 – ‘Have mercy upon me O God after thy great goodness’. Although it properly belongs to the previous day, its penitential nature makes it an entirely suitable response to the crucifixion of Christ. So the programme includes both the plainchant setting by Allegri and Francesco Scarlatti’s more elaborate version from the Baroque age.

The medieval poem Stabat Mater Dolorosa (‘The grieving mother stood weeping while her son hung on the cross’) has been set to music countless times. This setting, by Domenico Scarlatti, exploits all the richness of expression afforded by ten vocal parts and is one of the classics of the baroque period.

The programme is completed by Antonio Lotti’s famous 8-part setting of the text Crucifixus est prop nobis (‘He was crucified for us’).

Leeds Minster – access

Public parking is available on the street and in the car park opposite the Palace Hotel at the eastern end of Leeds Minster. There is also a large NCP car park next to Leeds Markets on the other side of the railway, and the John Lewis carpark slightly further away.