Kenneth playing his cello in a cathedral

Seven Last Words

A meditation in music and words for Lent

There are seven meditative poems, interleaved with the Sarabandes from Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Cello. The work is framed by other music at the beginning and the end – sometimes, but not always, more Bach.

The Seven Last Words refers to the short utterances attributed to Jesus on the cross. Some of these are well know – “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”, “I thirst,” and “It is finished.” Taken together they form a meaningful and challenging commentary on the human condition in its final analysis.

Traditionally the Church reflects on these sayings during the six weeks of Lent, leading up to Easter. I will be performing the Seven Last Words Meditation in about thirty churches in Lent 2024. You are welcome to any of the performances in the list below!

Listen

You can hear two of the poems, and two of the Sarabandes here:

I Thirst
Sarabande No 2
It is Finished
Sarabande No 5

Tour Dates

During Lent 2024 the Meditation on the Seven Last Words of Jesus will be performed at the following venues

LocationDate
RavenbridgeRenwickSun 11 Feb, 3.00pm
St. Mary’sGoathlandWed 14 Feb, 10.00am
St. Matthew’sGrosmontWed 14 Feb, 6.00pm
Fylingdales Methodist ChurchRobin Hood's BayThur 15 Feb, 11.00am
St. Peter’sMarchSat 24 Feb, 11.30am
All SaintsSt. IvesSun 25 Feb, 2.00pm
All SaintsCottenhamSun 25 Feb, 4.30pm
Selwyn CollegeCambridgeSun 25 Feb, 8.30pm
St. Peter’sCastle CarrockSun 3 Mar, 3.00pm
Carlisle CathedralCarlisleWed 6 Mar, 2.00pm
St. Peter’sWolverhamptonFri 8 Mar, 1.15pm
St. Andrew’sShifnalSat 9 Mar, 4.00pm
Shrewsbury AbbeyShrewsburySun 10 Mar, 4.15pm
St. Andrew’sSedberghWed 13 Mar, 1.00pm
St. Lawrence’sApplebyThur 14 Mar, 12.00 noon
St. Aidan’sCarlisleFri 15 Mar, 7.00pm
St. Mary’sRichmondSun 17 Mar, 4.00pm
St. Peter’sStocktonMon 18 Mar, 1.00pm
St. Cuthbert’sBillinghamMon 18 Mar, 7.00pm
Hexham AbbeyHexhamThur 21 Mar, 1.00pm
St. Mary’sAmblesideSat 23 Mar, 2.00pm
St. Mary’sMiddleton-in-TeesdaleSat 23 Mar, 6.30pm
St. Mary'sLittle StricklandMon 25 Mar, 7.00pm
St. Augustine'sAlstonTues 26 Mar, 7.00pm
St. Andrew's PenrithPenrithWed 27 Mar, 6.30pm
St. Peter's AddinghamFri 29 Mar, 11.00am

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