Their performance described as ”devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, blend their passion for singing as if in a large cathedral choir with the breath-taking precision of a chamber ensemble.
Tenebrae is one of Great Britain’s leading chamber choirs. Adaptable to many spaces ranging from concert halls to churches all the way through to the world’s largest Cathedrals, Tenebrae concerts create an atmosphere of spiritual and musical reflection. The choir’s unique sound is further enhanced by movement through the full scope of the performing space and is usually seen by candlelight allowing each and every member of the audience to experience the power and intimacy of the human voice.
As the first ever group to be multi-nominated in the same category for the BBC Music Magazine Awards (2012), their recording of Victoria Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the 2013 Gramophone Awards, having been described as ”the very best Fauré Requiem on disc”. Tenebrae’s ever-increasing discography has seen the group work with Signum, Deutsche Gramophon, LSO Live, Decca, Warner Classics and EMI Classics, with their most recent recording on Deutsche Gramophon of Gesualdo Tenebrae Responsories and Victoria Lamentations for Holy Saturday receiving a five star review on The Times (London).
Tenebrae is dedicated to supporting contemporary composers, and recent recordings have focused on works by Joby Talbot, Paul Mealor, Will Todd and Alexander Levine. Alongsinde this, they are masters of shedding a new and rich interpretative light on the choral canon, with programmes spanning centuries and continents, including hauntingly passionate works of Gesualdo and Victoria, the powerful and dramatic choral music of the Russian Orthodox Church, and the beautiful choral masterpieces of Poulenc. The unique demands of each piece are executed meticulously and performed with equal passion and musicality.
Having performed at some of the world’s most renowned festivals including the BBC Proms, Montreux Choral Festival, City of London Festival and the Edinburgh Festival, the 2014-2015 season sees performances at the Salisbury Festival and Three Choirs Festival Worcester, as well as international appearances at the Lessay Festival (France) and Trigonale Festival (Austria). In January 2014 the group launched a new disc of Russian Orthodox music to glowing reviews. The album made it to the number 1 slot in the UK Classical Chart.
Passion and Precision is Tenebrae’s motto, and through their continued dedication to performance of the highest quality, audiences the world over experience the power and intimacy of the human voice.
“It’s hard to imagine them being done better: Tenebrae’s tone, balance and intonation are superb.” - Classic FM Magazine
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