Tenebrae Consort is an ensemble of singers handpicked from the award-winning choir Tenebrae, focusing on repertoire originally conceived for consort performance. An exceptional group of musicians, Tenebrae Consort highlights the vocal quality of the individuals who make up the trademark ‘Tenebrae’ sound whilst creating an intimate concert experience. Known for their combination of instinctive ensemble skills and masterful solo abilities, the singers also perform alongside chamber groups of leading instrumentalists and have collaborated with the Chilingirian Quartet and viol consort Phantasm.
Led by Artistic Director Nigel Short, Tenebrae Consort released its debut disc, Medieval Chant and Tallis Lamentations (2014), on Tenebrae’s own label Bene Arte, which received glowing reviews from Gramophone Magazine and BBC Music Magazine, as well as releasing a recording of works and arrangements by Bob Chilcott entitled Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars (2016). Festival appearances have included performances across the UK in Alderney, Champs Hill, Lammermuir, London, Malling, Swaledale and Shrewsbury, alongside international concerts in Corsica, Cuenca, Santander and Zamora.
Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae is one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. In 2016 Tenebrae received its second BBC Music Magazine Award for a recording of Brahms and Bruckner Motets, the profits from the sale of which benefit Macmillan Cancer Support. The 2017-18 season sees the return of Tenebrae’s popular Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square, London, as well as concerts throughout the UK, Europe, USA and the choir’s debut in Australia.
‘Passion and Precision’ are Tenebrae’s core values. Through its continued dedication to performance of the highest quality, Tenebrae’s vision is to deliver dramatic programming, flawless performances and unforgettable experiences, allowing audiences around the world to be moved by the power and intimacy of the human voice.
Because of quality and fame of Tenebrae, tickets for this event are priced a little higher than usual, but it is anticipated that they will sell out quickly and that people will attend from further afield.
Pange lingua gloriosi – plainchant
Musica Dei Donum – Lassus
All creatures now – Bennett
The silver swan – Gibbons
Revecy venir du printemps – Claude Le Jeune
Il bianco E dolce signo – Arcadelt
Hark all ye lovely Saints above – Weelkes
Feller from Fortune – arr Chilcott
The Gift to be simple – arr Chilcott
The lazy man – arr Chilcott
She’s like the swallow – arr Chilcott
L’Habitante – arr Chilcott
Con amores la mi madre – arr Chilcott
En la Macarenita – arr Chilcott
Sun, moon, sea and stars – Chilcott
Cheek to Cheek – Irving Berlin arr. Alexander L’Estrange
Go Little Boat – Jerome Kern arr. Bob Chilcott
Texan Girl at the Funeral of Her Father – Randy Newman arr. Chilcott
Night and Day – Cole Porter arr. L’Estrange
It’s a New World – Harold Arlen arr. Rodney Bennett
When I fall in Love – Young & Heyman arr. L’Estrange
Fascinating Rhythm – George Gershwin arr. Chilcott
Honey Pie – Lennon/ McCartney arr. Paul Hart
Goodnight – Lennon/ McCartney arr. Mark Williams
When I’m Sixty-Four – Lennon/ McCartney arr. Paul Hart