A team of scholars from Duke Divinity School and University of Cambridge are working together with composer James MacMillan on a new St. Luke Passion. On October 2, 2011, the Duke Chapel Choir will perform several of MacMillan’s anthems during the Sunday morning worship service. The composer will be present, and the public is welcome to attend.
The Duke–Cambridge team will be meeting with MacMillan again during Holy Week 2012 (April 2–8) in Cambridge. Events scheduled for that week include a Maundy Thursday concert for two pianos in the Great Hall of King’s College, given by Jeremy Begbie and London-based concert pianist Cordelia Williams. They will play Bach and the Visions de l’Amen by Olivier Messiaen. Commentary and visual art will be provided by members of Duke and Cambridge universities.
The first performance of MacMillan’s St. Luke Passion is scheduled for April 13, 2014. The work will be available for general church use as well as concert performance.