First held in in 1992, this is the very first festival of its kind in the Czech Republic. Responding to the constant demand from audiences for concerts of sacred music thematically linked with Easter – an important period of the liturgical year – the Easter Festival of Sacred Music remains unique in Central Europe, an international project dedicated solely to sacred music that showcases novel programming and outstanding performances.

A key point of departure for the programmes is provided by the festival’s closeness to the most important Christian holiday. Among the festival’s other objectives, it aims to unearth unjustifiably neglected music and commission new sacred works.

Whereas previously the festival was largely inspired by the events commemorated during Holy Week and the themes of sacrifice, suffering and resurrection, the 28th year of the festival will discover the various aspects of these themes across time and throughout the Christian world. In 2019, in the imaginary centre of Europe, all corners of the world and their liturgies will meet over two weeks.

You can find more about the festival on its own website.

Upcoming concerts

april 2019

thu18apr21:00THY WILL BE DONE / TENEBRAE / Easter Festival of Sacred MusicJ. Schreier: Good Friday Oratorio Baroque Orchestra of Prague Conservatory  Jakub Kydlíček21:00 OstatníGenre and style:Vocal and vocal-instrumental,BaroqueFestivals:Velikonoční festival duchovní hudby

fri19apr21:00LIGHT WITHOUT SHADOW, SOURCE OF CALM/ TENEBRAE / Easter Festival of Sacred MusicA. Schnittke: Concerto for Choir Vox luvenalis, Masaryk Univerzity Choir, Láska opravdivá Choir, Kantiléna Choir Jan Ocetek21:00 OstatníGenre and style:Vocal and vocal-instrumental,20th and 21st centuriesFestivals:Velikonoční festival duchovní hudby

tue23apr20:00SPANISH EASTER IN A RENAISSANCE ROME / Easter Festival of Sacred MusicT. L. de Victoria, F. Guerrero, G. P. da Palestrina and others La Grande Chapelle (Spain) / Albert Recasens20:00 OstatníGenre and style:Vocal and vocal-instrumentalFestivals:Velikonoční festival duchovní hudby

thu25apr19:30JOY AND SHINE / Easter Festival of Sacred MusicJ.-F. Dandrieu, M. Dupré, C. Franck, R. Wagner, O. Messiaen, J. Ropek Michael Bártek organ19:30 OstatníGenre and style:ChamberFestivals:Velikonoční festival duchovní hudby

sun28apr19:30GATES OF HELL TORN DOWN / Easter Festival of Sacred MusicJ. S. Bach: Lobet den Herrn J. S. Bach: Easter Oratorio Pavla Radostová, Monika Jagerová, Jakub Kubín, Jiří M. ProcházkaCzech Ensemble Baroque / Roman Válek19:30 Besední důmGenre and style:Vocal and vocal-instrumental,BaroqueFestivals:Velikonoční festival duchovní hudby