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Tenebrae

Tenebrae is a professional chamber choir, founded and directed by Nigel Short in 2001. Often performing by candlelight, the choir creates an atmosphere of spiritual and musical reflection, where mediaeval chant and renaissance works are interspersed with contemporary compositions. The carefully selected team of singers use the acoustic and atmosphere of the building to enable the audience to experience the power and intimacy of the human voice.

Singers are drawn from outstanding musical backgrounds – King’s College, Cambridge, Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and English National Opera – to create a unique vocal mix with an extraordinary range of vocal power and colour.

Tenebrae has an exceptionally wide repertoire, from early, through renaissance, baroque and classical music, to romantic and twentieth century works, plus a range of specially commissioned pieces, the most recent of which is Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles. Tenebrae’s unique virtuosity and style are exemplified on CD recordings, including Mozart’s Requiem with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sir John Tavener’s Mother and Child, Gaudete, a Christmas disc in association with Karl Jenkins and Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles.

Recording work is complemented by a schedule of regular performances for festivals and venues throughout the UK, Europe and the world. December 2006 saw the commencement of Tenebrae’s artistic association with the London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davies and LSO Live with a series of critically and publicly acclaimed performances and recordings at the Barbican, London. Tenebrae was nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2007.

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