Music for Good Friday 2020


due to the Coronavirus outbreak

A new date will be announced in due course

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Our presentation of Music for Good Friday 2020 offers a second opportunity to hear Matthew Oglesby’s superb new Requiem Penthos. Composed to a text by fellow St Peter’s Singer Hannah Stone, this assured and diverse work received its first performance to great acclaim in October 2018. Find out more!

The programme also features Allegri’s famous Miserere and works by Bruckner and Mauersberger.

Mauersberger’s motet Wie liegt die Stadt so wust (‘How desolate lies the city that was full of people‘) was written exactly 75 years ago over the Easter weekend that followed the Allied raid on Dresden in February 1945. As Director of Music at the city’s Kreuzkirche, Mauersberger suffered the deaths in the raid of no fewer than eleven of his choristers, along with the destruction of the Church, its school, music library and archive. The first performance took place the following August in the ruins of the church.

Admission £15 (U17, FTE free) at the door or online includes free programme


Christus factus est pro nobis Bruckner
Miserere Allegri
Wie liegt die Stadt so wust Mauersberger
Lucy Appleyardmezzo
Quentin Brownbass

St Peter’s Singers

National Festival Orchestra

Alasdair Jamieson


St Peter’s Singers gratefully acknowledge the generous support of

The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation

The Friends of the Music of Leeds Minster

St Peter’s Singers’ presentation of Music for Good Friday is an annual event, given by kind permission of Leeds Minster. It provides an opportunity to hear one of the great works of the sacred oratorio repertoire in a context than a concert hall performance on a Saturday evening cannot provide, and at a price that more people can afford.

Past works receiving performance include:

  • Bach’s St John Passion
  • Bach’s B Minor Mass
  • Handel’s Messiah
  • Brahms’ German Requiem
  • Dvorak’s Stabat Mater
  • Haydn’s Stabat Mater

For more insights and opinion, read our blog!

Public parking is available on the street and in the car park opposite the Palace Hotel at the eastern end of Leeds Minster. This may be free of charge on Good Friday, but you are advised to check this with the City authorities. There is also a large NCP car park next to Leeds Markets on the other side of the railway.

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