Jane Atkins viola
Nathaniel Boyd cello
Alessandro Ruisi

Holy Week Festival Brochure

View the festival brochure (2nd - 9th April 2023)

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ, Op 51

A string quartet like no other, Seven Last Words is a sequence of meditations on the seven sentences uttered by Christ from the cross, framed by an intense introduction and an explosive coda. It began life as a commission from a Jesuit priest for an orchestral work to be performed in the Good Friday service at an underground church in the city of Cádiz. That commission led Haydn into some of the most reflective and deeply emotional music he ever wrote, and his version for string quartet has a heightened sense of intimacy and reverence. 

To perform this timeless work especially for our Holy Week Festival, we have assembled a hand-picked team of elite chamber musicians:

Jamie Campbell, Violin I
Alessandro Ruisi, Violin II
Jane Atkins, Viola
Nathaniel Boyd, Cello

They begin their residency earlier in the week with a performance of Beethoven's Opus 130- at 1pm on Wednesday 5th April 2023.

The performance lasts approximately 70 minutes.

Venue: Temple Church
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"The seven Sonatas take us deep into a meditative space ... As the music unfolds, wrenching anguish and lament combine with a sense of serene majesty and transcendence. We hear a tender and reverent conversation between instrumental voices. At moments, the music becomes strange and dissonant in a way which anticipates Beethoven’s Late String Quartets. The final movement’s thundering “earthquake” pulls us out of the meditative, spiritual realm and returns us to the physical world."

Timothy Judd, The Listeners' Club


Booking Information
Online Booking

Available here until 12noon on the day of the performance

Telephone Booking

020 7427 5641

Online and Telephone bookings are subject to a £2.00 booking fee.

In Person

Tickets are available on the door 30 minutes before the performance (subject to availability, cash and cheque only)


Please note that we can only offer refunds in the event that the concert is Sold Out and we are able to re-sell your ticket.


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