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Music for Good Friday: Penthos

April 7 @ 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

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A new Requiem

The second performance of this visionary new work

created and first performed in Leeds in 2018

Penthos is a work for Choir, Orchestra, Organ and Soloists that combines high-quality music and poetry, and lasts nearly an hour.

It takes the form of the traditional Requiem Mass, but with new words exploring themes of reconciliation and forgiveness, and music that reaches beyond the words to speak to – and affirm – our deepest human longings.

“Put quite simply, it is a work of depth, maturity, power, beauty and sheer brilliance, whose qualities are revealing themselves week by week in rehearsal.”

Alex Woodrow, Conductor, St Peter’s Singers

“So it is locally written and locally performed, but trust me it will sound to you as if it has existed as a core of choral music for centuries. It is that good.”

Richard Pascoe, Member of St Peter’s Singers
Hannah Stone and Matthew Oglesby, creators of Penthos, set against a background of St Peter's Singers in concert

“A striking quality of the auspicious premiere … was the communicative power of the Penthos Requiem to connect with the listener”

Geoffrey Mogridge on Penthos in The Wharfedale Observer

For those who were present, the first performance of Penthos in October 2018 was something they are unlikely to forget: Matthew Oglesby’s powerful music adding further imaginative and emotional depth to Hannah Stone’s visionary poetry.

The pandemic forced the postponement of the second performance, planned for April 2020, but we were determined that there should be another opportunity to hear this superb work.

If you couldn’t get to that first performance in 2018, or you would like to hear it again… this is your chance, not to be missed!

Hannah Stone and Matthew Oglesby live in or around Leeds. They are members of St Peter’s Singers and highly active in Leeds’ cultural life.

Find out more about Penthos



Hannah Stone and Matthew Oglesby

St Peter’s Singers

Lucy Appleyard contralto

Quentin Brown bass

William Campbell organ

National Festival Orchestra

Sally Robinson leader

Alexander Woodrow conductor

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
  • Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater
£15 Free FTE/U18 available on-line (see below) or at the door

St Peter’s Singers

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Leeds Minster

Leeds Minster, 2-6 Kirkgate
Leeds, W. Yorks LS2 7DJ United Kingdom
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