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Holy Week Festival, 5 – 12 April 2020

Returning for a fourth successive year, St John’s Smith Square and Tenebrae are delighted to present the Holy Week Festival.

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USA Tour 2019 Blog

Ashland and home

25th November 2019

36,000 feet up in the air and somewhere over the Hudson Bay, we are on our way home. We have turned back from the furthest point on the tour (122° W and thus a third of the way around the globe) after the last gig of the trip in Ashland, ... continued

USA Tour 2019 Blog

Provo to Orange Co.

24th November 2019

The day started with an 08.30 departure for our drive to Salt Lake City for our flight to LA. The weather was pretty rough as we departed and there were a fair few bumps on the flight both on the way up and the way down. Not my favourite th... continued
USA Tour 2019 Blog

BYU

22nd November 2019

We had a rare morning off, and I began it by eating too much granola. As a relative newcomer to touring life, one thing I’m still learning is how to pace myself at hotel breakfasts. With an empty stomach and effectively unlimited food, I overdo it ti... continued

USA Tour 2019 Blog

Dallas to Provo

20th November 2019

Any day which begins with an 05:00 alarm is met with some trepidation by singers. Couple that with the previous evening’s post-concert reception and there were some groggy heads on the early morning bus to St Louis airport.

We flew back to ... continued

USA Tour 2019 Blog

Meet me in St Louis

18th November 2019

We’ve made it to day 8 and concert 6 of our USA tour and we have officially passed the halfway point. St. Louis was the first place on this tour that I was returning to after coming in March 2018 and I had mixed memories of the place.... continued

Blogs

The American Way

17th November 2019

Day 5 and, for most, the first and last rest day of the tour. Six plucky Tenebrae members (former and current Associate Artists + Jimmy) would give a workshop at the University of Maryland in the afternoon but more on that later! First came the chance t... continued

USA Tour 2019 Blog

Malvin McLorinan

15th November 2019

By the time we arrived in Maryland, we’d clocked up eighteen hours of coach travel. This has been a really civilised way to start the tour. It’s nice not to be rushing around airports, and to be able to look out of the window and see a... continued

USA Tour 2019 Blog

From one Carolina to another

13th November 2019

Day 4 of our tour across the states started earlier for some than others, with a couple of people heading out for an early run across Charleston’s beautiful coast. Luckily for me, the jet lag hasn’t hit too badly, so I enga... continued

Featured Events

Monday 20th January 2020, 7:30 pm

Spanish Glories of the Sixteenth Century

Melbourne Recital Centre

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC 3006, Australia

Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 7:30 pm

Music of the Spheres

Sydney Festival

City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Saturday 15th February 2020, 8:00 pm

The Romantic Legacy of Renaissance Polyphony

Berner Münster, 3000 Bern, Switzerland

Saturday 7th March 2020, 7:30 pm

Fauré Requiem

Music at Oxford

Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, United Kingdom

And we're off! Excited to perform at @MelbRecital & @sydney_festival, but also saddened by news of the bushfires. T… https://t.co/WXZTnoMhm8

  • New year, new film! Bruckner's Locus Iste, filmed by candlelight at the beautiful St Bartholomew the Great, London. Link to the full film in the bio... Jon Coates..#bruckner #locusiste #choir #choral #candlelight #historic #church #london

    New year, new film! Bruckner's Locus Iste, filmed by candlelight at the beautiful St Bartholomew the Great, London. Link to the full film in the bio… Jon Coates..#bruckner #locusiste #choir #choral #candlelight #historic #church #london
  • #HolyWeekFestival is now available to book! On Wednesday 8 April we will be performing our stunning Miserere programme by candlelight at @stjohnssmithsquare. @fionamaddocks830 included this programme in her #Top10 of 2019 for @observer. Book now to hear it for yourself - link in the bio. 🕯.#holyweek #choir #choral #festival #london #westminster #allegri #tallis #byrd #jamesmacmillan

    #HolyWeekFestival is now available to book! On Wednesday 8 April we will be performing our stunning Miserere programme by candlelight at @stjohnssmithsquare. @fionamaddocks830 included this programme in her #Top10 of 2019 for @observer. Book now to hear it for yourself – link in the bio. 🕯.#holyweek #choir #choral #festival #london #westminster #allegri #tallis #byrd #jamesmacmillan
  • Holy Week Festival 2020 is live online & available to book! We’re excited to welcome some incredible artists to @stjohnssmithsquare including @kingssingers, The Tallis Scholars, @armonicoconsort, @mertoncollchoir & a host of others. Link in the bio. #holyweekfestival #holyweek #choir #festival #london #westminster

    Holy Week Festival 2020 is live online & available to book! We’re excited to welcome some incredible artists to @stjohnssmithsquare including @kingssingers, The Tallis Scholars, @armonicoconsort, @mertoncollchoir & a host of others. Link in the bio. #holyweekfestival #holyweek #choir #festival #london #westminster
  • Applications are now open to be our tenor Associate Artist from September 2020, and for singers of all voice parts to join our deputies lists. More info on our website ️.....#tenebrae #associateartists #choraldevelopment #singing #choir #choral #music

    Applications are now open to be our tenor Associate Artist from September 2020, and for singers of all voice parts to join our deputies lists. More info on our website ️…..#tenebrae #associateartists #choraldevelopment #singing #choir #choral #music
  • In Winter’s House by Joanna Marsh, premiered at Wigmore Hall on 1st December. Full video at link in bio ️.....#tenebrae #concert #choir #video #choral #music #joannamarsh

    In Winter’s House by Joanna Marsh, premiered at Wigmore Hall on 1st December. Full video at link in bio ️…..#tenebrae #concert #choir #video #choral #music #joannamarsh
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