The Holy Grail On Stage

Fiona Campbell as Mary Magdalene
Fiona Campbell as Mary Magdalene

In its fifth year of publication, Bloodline of the Holy Grail (Laurence Gardner's worldwide bestseller) inspired a unique London concert  performance at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

The new gnostic passion oratorio, entitled The Marriage at Cana, was premiered in the Vilar Floral Hall on Sunday 9th December 2001, featuring The Soloists of the Royal Opera House, with concertmaster Vasko Vassilev and the outstanding mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell as Mary Magdalene. Afterwards, there was a unique Meet the Artists reception at Sarastro, the famous operatic restaurant in nearby Drury Lane.

From its 1996 Daily Mail serialisation and Sunday Times Top-10 listing, the award-winning Bloodline of the Holy Grail has had an astonishing international success with translations into many languages. Based upon this book, and drawn from original gospels, The Marriage at Cana oratorio relates the intimately dramatic story of Mary Magdalene and her nuptial relationship with Jesus at a time of Roman Imperial oppression in Jerusalem. A subsequent concert tour is being scheduled for performances at key Opera Houses around the world, and an album will be recorded at the Prague Opera House with notable guest soloists.

Jaz Coleman - 80s Group Killing Joke
Jaz Coleman - 80s Group Killing Joke

The oratorio's musical score was composed and arranged by the legendary Jaz Coleman, whose career began with the '80s group Killing Joke and has led to his association with the world's finest orchestras. Noted for his collaborative work with Anne Dudley (award winning film composer for The Full Monty), his orchestral variations for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Doors, along with his violin arrangements for Vanessa-Mae and Nigel Kennedy, Jaz is the present composer in residence for the Prague Symphony Orchestra.

Laurence Gardner Book Signing - Bloodline of the Holy Grail
Laurence Gardner Book Signing - Bloodline of the Holy Grail

Bloodline of the Holy Grail author Laurence Gardner composed the libretto for The Marriage at Cana, including nine major arias. No stranger to the world of music and performing arts, Laurence's career includes nationally reviewed stage-musical production.

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