Modern Mystics, our Autumn 2017 series, featured three unique concerts exploring mysticism in music. Each programme had a spiritual aspect to it, and the performance spaces encouraged our audiences to explore the immersive environments.

Our audience members created their own spiritual and spatial journeys through music, architecture and visuals in The Fruit of Silence on 9 November at Southwark Cathedral. As an audience member on Twitter put it, we treated them to ‘a sonic full body massage’. Read more and view photos >>

The Book of Hours (on 22 November) showcased our outstanding musicians in music evoking both medieval and modern sound worlds. Our audience could shift between the Orchestra onstage and Jack James’ imaginative visual interpretations of the music on the red-bricked wall of Village Underground. Read more and view photos >>

Our series finale at St John's Smith Square on 2 December saw world-renowned cellist Matthew Barley present fun, thought-provoking and educational living programme notes in the first half, and bring ‘to life the depths and contrasts of this deceptively simple piece’ (Bachtrack) – Sir John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil – in an entrancing second-half performance. Read more and view photos >>


Generously supported by Arts Council England, the Kirby Laing Foundation, the Leche Trust, the Boris Karloff Charitable Foundation, M&G Investments, Cockayne Grants for the Arts, and the London Community Foundation.

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Modern Mystics at Southwark Cathedral
Modern Mystics The Book of Hours
Modern Mystics at St John's Smith Square