The London Philharmonic Orchestra perform Bryars’s iconic work centred on a recording of an anonymous homeless man singing in the streets of Waterloo, in nearby St John’s Church.
The LPO writes “First performed almost exactly 50 years ago, and nominated for a Mercury Prize in 1993, Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet is described by Bryars as ‘an eloquent, but understated testimony’ to the homeless man, and to ‘his spirit and optimism’. This performance takes place in the week of Bryars’s 80th birthday and we are delighted that he will introduce this work from the stage.”
This concert is being presented in partnership with St John’s Waterloo, known for its campaigning commitment to social justice and its history of work with the homeless.
There is an informal performance at 12:30 and a second, ticketed, performance at 6:30
Post-concert talk and audience Q & A with Gavin Bryars
A panel discussion with Gavin Bryars and other contributors around the topical issues brought to the fore through this work Jesus’ blood never fails me, will take place after the concert with opportunities for audience Q & As.