Arts Global

21 October 2009

The New York debut of Tenebrae, one of Great Britain's leading professional choirs

P A S S I O N  &  P R E C I S I O N

“A truly elite professional choir… electrifying.” Evening Standard, London

A candlelit concert and New York debut by one of Great Britain’s leading choirs
Tenebrae, founded and directed by Nigel Short

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 • 7:30 pm

Church of St Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th Street, New York, NY

Tickets:; (212) 8660468 or at the door

$45, $25, Seniors and Students: $20
Patron Seating: $150, $110

Patron tickets include an intimate post-concert Reception at the Harvard Club of New York City,
with a private musical performance of lighter music by Tenebrae’s small ensemble “The Pits”.
Click here for a full listing of Patron benefits.

“An evening beyond perfection.” El Correo de Zamora, Spain

“As glowing as stained glass... skin-pricklingly ethereal.” BBC Music Magazine, London


Processional Tantum Ergo
Poulenc Mass in G
      Agnus Dei
Durufle Four Motets
      Ubi caritas
      Tota pulchra es
      Tantum ergo
      Tu es Petrus

Chants from Codex Calixtinus
Sir John Tavener
Hymn to the Mother of God
Eric Whitacre Sleep
Joby Talbot from Path of Miracles

Tenebrae is a London-based professional chamber choir, founded and directed by Nigel Short. Its concerts, often performed by candlelight, create an atmosphere of spiritual and musical reflection, where medieval chant and renaissance works are interspersed with more contemporary music. The choir utilizes the acoustic and character of the performance space to enable the audience to experience the full power and intimacy of the human voice.

Tenebrae’s carefully selected singers are drawn from such hallowed musical backgrounds as King’s College Cambridge, Westminster Abbey, Westminster 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 color. The choir was born out of Nigel Short’s desire to bring together what he loved best in his own singing career—the passionate sounds of large Cathedral choirs and the precision of ensembles like The King’s Singers—to create a new kind of choral group. For further information, visit:

“The chorus’s ghostly final Amen seemed to go beyond music and into a divine, mystical moment in time that is beyond rational explanation.” The Guardian, London

"It was an evening well remembered... their exquisite choral sound, their creative use of our space, the unbelievable ambience...” St. Louis Cathedral Concerts, St. Louis

"Should we gawp, or genuflect?” The Times, London


For more information, go to Events or contact Robyn Rae, Concert Manager:; (212) 699-0903

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