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Julia Holter: The Passion of Joan of Arc

An orange distorted image of Julia Holter's face on a black background.

Joined by her band and the 36-strong chorus Opera North, Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and composer Julia Holter ventures into astonishing, beautiful new territory with this live soundtrack.

Digging deeper into her longstanding fascination with the art, history and music of the Middle Ages, Holter's score for Carl Theodor Dreyer’s visionary 1928 silent film weaves an immense sonic tapestry from medieval chants, bells, organs and the massed voices of Opera North’s ensemble.

The breathtaking music of one of today’s most remarkable artists meets the intensely expressive universe of a landmark of early cinema. 

Important information about your visit

Start time: 8pm

Approximate running time: 77 mins, no interval. Please note all timings are approximate and subject to change.

This concert takes the form of a film screening with live soundtrack performance and bookers should be aware that we cannot guarantee entry to latecomers. Anyone arriving after the performance has started may not be admitted. If we are able to allow entry, it may be to alternative seats in order not to cause disturbance to those already seated. Thank you for understanding.

Film dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer. France 1928, 88 mins. Cert. PG

Produced by the Barbican, the Brudenell Social Club and hcmf//.

Co-commissioned by Opera North Projects



Julia Holter keyboard and vocals

Tashi Wada synthesiser, keyboard and bagpipes

Corey Fogel percussion

Sarah Belle Reid trumpet, electronic and vocals

Hugh Brunt conductor 

Benjamin Woodgates score supervisor 

Ashil Mistry editor


The Chorus of Opera North vocals

Oliver Rundell chorus master

Read the programme

An orange distorted image of Julia Holter's face on a black background.

Read the programme

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