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Tickets for the Bach Marathon will grant admission to all of the day's events.

Please note there have been changes in the Marathon programme*.


Part 1

Motet: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (BWV 225)

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

To open this special Easter day, the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists perform Bach’s joyous, dance-impregnated double-choir Motet.

Cello Suite No 6 (BWV 1012)
Alban Gerhardt, cello

One the great cellists of our time, Alban Gerhardt plays one of the best known compositions ever written for cello, Bach's Suite for unaccompanied cello, No 6.


The Goldberg Variations (BWV 988)
Joanna MacGregor, piano

Innovative musician Joanna MacGregor presents the Goldberg Variations, which are known as some of Bach’s most brilliantly deep keyboard works.



Part 2

Learn Bach’s Easter Cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden
(BWV 4)
Howard Moody, presenter

Your chance to sing in the Royal Albert Hall as we take you through the chorale of the Easter Cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden in preparation for the following concert.

Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 4), Cantata for Easter Day

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
joined by the audience in the final Chorale

Sir John Eliot Gardiner leads the Monteverdi Choir, the English Baroque Soloists and the Royal Albert Hall audience in this early cantata which is remarkable for its extreme emotional intensity.


Partita No 2 in D minor (BWV 1004)
Viktoria Mullova, violin

Known the world over as a violinist of exceptional versatility, Viktoria Mullova takes on Bach's Partita including the Chaconne – a high wire balancing act of musicality and technique.

Organ Recital

John Butt, organ

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor (BWV 542)
Orgelbüchlein - chorale preludes for Passiontide and Easter:
    1.    Christus, der uns selig mach (BWV 620)
  1.    O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß (BWV 622)
  2.    Christ lag in Todesbanden (BWV 625)
  3.    Jesus Christus, unser Heiland (BWV 626)
  4.    Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn (BWV 630)
Sonata 5 in C for two keyboards and pedals (BWV 529)
Fugue in Eb (BWV 552)

Organist and Bach specialist John Butt joins us to play the Royal Albert Hall's mighty instrument.

7pm- 7.30pm



Part 3

Mass in B Minor (BWV 232)

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists in one of musical history's towering masterworks.

Talks throughout the day will include the participating musicians, as well as the following guest speakers:

Matthew Barley (cellist)
Michael Trimble
(professor of neurology)
Raymond Tallis
(author and professor of geriatric medicine)
Anna Starkey (science communicator and writer)
Tamar Pincus (psychologist)
Julian Joseph (pianist)
Paul Elie (author)


* We very much regret that we had to change some of the original Marathon programme, including cancelling the St John Passion. This was due to an unforseen loss of key funding for the day, and sadly could not be avoided. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you. If you no longer wish to attend, please contact the Royal Albert Hall box office on 0845 401 5045 (+44 20 7589 8212 from outside of the UK).