Based in Ealing and described as “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone), the award winning choir Tenebrae blend their passion for singing as if in a large cathedral choir with the breath-taking precision of a chamber ensemble.
Founded nearly two decades ago in 2001 by its artistic director Nigel Short, Tenebrae is one of Great Britain’s leading chamber choirs. The word ‘Tenebrae’ comes from the Latin word for ‘shadows’ and is also the name given to the ritual extinguishing of candles at the ancient monastic services of Matins and Lauds in the last three days of Holy Week.
Passion and Precision is Tenebrae’s motto and its members are drawn from musical backgrounds reflecting these qualities, including the choirs of Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral and King’s College, Cambridge. Many of Tenebrae’s singers also work with a diverse range of the UK’s other leading specialist vocal ensembles including i Fagiolini, The Tallis Scholars, The Swingle Singers and The King’s Singers.
The group has toured all over the world, extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Bermuda, performing in many renowned festivals (BBC Proms, Montreux Choral Festival, Edinburgh Festival) and tailoring their distinctive performances to many venues (Royal Albert Hall, King’s College Chapel, Lausanne Cathedral). Working with the LSO under Sir Colin Davis, the English Concert, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The English Chamber Orchestra, the Scottish Ensemble, and the Endymion ensemble, the choir have proved themselves as adept at larger orchestral works as the a cappella repertoire for which they are so well known.