Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles renowned for its passion and precision.
In 2012 Tenebrae were the first-ever ensemble to be multi-nominated in the same category for the BBC Music Magazine Awards, securing the accolade of Best Choral Performance for their recording of Victoria’s Requiem Mass, 1605. The following year the choir’s recording of Fauré’s Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the Gramophone Awards, having been described as “the very best Fauré Requiem on disc”. Tenebrae’s ever-increasing discography has brought about collaborations with Signum, Decca Classics, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics, LSO Live, and Warner Classics. In 2014 the choir’s recording of Russian Orthodox music was launched on its own label, Bene Arte, receiving glowing reviews and reaching number 1 in the UK Specialist Classical Chart. This season, Tenebrae released a new Christmas recording together with a BBC Music Magazine award-winning disc of Brahms and Bruckner motets in benefit of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Tenebrae is a dedicated advocate for contemporary composers, having worked with Judith Bingham, Alexander Levine, Paul Mealor, Joby Talbot, Hilary Tann, Sir John Tavener and Will Todd, in addition to recent releases featuring music by Ola Gjeilo and Alexander L’Estrange. The choir is renowned for its highly-acclaimed interpretations of choral music with repertoire ranging from hauntingly passionate works of the Renaissance through to contemporary choral masterpieces.
Tenebrae is regularly engaged with the world’s finest orchestras and has appeared at major national and international festivals including the BBC Proms, City of London Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Three Choirs Festival, Leipzig Gewandhaus (Germany) and Montreux Choral Festival (Switzerland). The 2015-16 season will see Tenebrae establish a diverse London concert series, as well as performing across the world with concerts throughout the UK, Europe and a tour to the USA. Alongside concert performances, the choir presents its inspirational workshop method, ‘The Tenebrae Effect’, designed to challenge and advance every participant by instilling skills essential to a Tenebrae performance.
‘Passion and Precision’ is Tenebrae’s motto, and through its continued dedication to performance of the highest quality, audiences around the world experience the power and intimacy of the human voice.