A programme of music that paradoxically takes us to the heart of human sorrow whilst enabling us to transcend it through ravishing choral beauty.

The Stabat Mater is without doubt, one of the most powerful poems of the liturgy and one which has inspired artists through the ages. This programme takes the grief of Mary, mother of Jesus, as its starting point, showcasing contrasting interpretations of this moving text, from the intricate harmonic language of contemporary composer Alissa Firsova, drawing on her roots in Russian Orthodoxy, to the exquisite contrapuntal poise of Palestrina, and Anerio’s glorious and ambitious 12-part setting.



  • Plainsong

    De Lamentatione

  • Alissa Firsova

    Stabat Mater

  • Sheppard

    Media vita in morte sumus

  • F. Anerio

    Stabat Mater for 12 voices

  • Poulenc

    Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence

  • James MacMillan


  • Victoria

    Litaniae Beatae Mariae


  • The Sixteen
  • Harry Christophers conductor

Venue details

St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields Trafalgar Square London WC2N 4JH

Box Office: 020 7766 1100

St Martin-in-the-Fields is an architectural jewel sitting at the corner of one of the world’s most famous squares.

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