Saffron Hall and Britten Sinfonia announce free streaming of Bach’s St John Passion premiering on Palm Sunday – a work of hope and compassion in the face of adversity

The performance features Britten Sinfonia and a hand-picked choir of UK soloists conducted by Daniel Hyde.

Saffron Hall and Britten Sinfonia have today announced an upcoming digital performance of J.S. Bach’s masterpiece St John Passion, available to watch for free from Palm Sunday, 28th March. As part of Saffron Hall’s series of free-to-view performances featuring leading musicians, Britten Sinfonia performs with Daniel Hyde, Director of Music at Kings College, Cambridge and a hand-picked choral consort featuring some of the UK’s finest baroque singers, including soprano Julia Doyle, altos Helen Charlston and Jessica Dandy and tenors Nicholas Pritchard and Gwilym Bowen. The concert will be introduced by singer and broadcaster Catherine Bott and is supported by Classic FM.

As with all of Saffron Hall’s digital performances, the concert will begin with a discussion, this time between Daniel Hyde and Catherine Bott, and will be available to watch for free on the Hall’s website ( for one month. Audiences will also have the opportunity to make a donation, all of which will be shared equally between Help Musicians, Britten Sinfonia and Saffron Hall Trust.

Two performances in Saffron Hall’s digital series have already been released and are available to view online. The first, available until 1 April, featured a performance by internationally acclaimed violinist and Saffron Hall regular visitor Nicola Benedetti, the second concert will be available from this evening (19 March), when Saffron Hall presents a digital performance from principal players of Aurora Orchestra with violinist Elena Urioste, presented by Radio 3’s Tom Service.

Saffron Hall will present free digital performances over the coming months and further details will be announced in due course.

Saffron Hall’s March digital performances have been made possible through support from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund (1) distributed by Arts Council England.

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