James MacMillan's setting of the Miserere is quite an astounding work, one which I guarantee will have you on the edge of your seat. Harry Christophers

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

Showcasing contrasting interpretations of this moving text, we move from the spine-tingling beauty of James MacMillan’s Miserere, to the exquisite harmonic language of contemporary composer Alissa Firsova, to the exquisite contrapuntal poise of Victoria, ending with Anerio’s glorious and ambitious 12-part setting.



  • Plainsong

    De Lamentatione

  • Alissa Firsova

    Stabat Mater

  • Sheppard

    In manus tuas III

  • White

    Lamentations  a5

  • F. Anerio

    Stabat Mater for 12 voices

  • Poulenc

    Quatre motets pour un temps de penitence

  • Victoria

    Litaniae Beatae Mariae

  • James MacMillan



  • 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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