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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.

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Nigel’s Blog: August 2023

23 August 2023

Another year is racing away, and I am grasping every opportunity for a rest these days between the many engagements our brilliant team manages to organise for us! At the end of May we were finally able to record some of the great motets by J. S. Bach, alongside some wonderfully dramatic and intense works… continued


Congratulations to our Partner Schools

25 July 2023

Congratulations to pupils and teachers at Clifton and Tudor Primary Schools in Southall, West London, who have undertaken their first full year on our singing programme. We have been so proud to shape their journey over the past 12 months – from hearing a choir for the very first time, to singing along with us…. continued


On the big screen

22 May 2023

We were delighted to visit London’s Abbey Road Studios last summer, for a very special recording session with the composer Simon Franglen. Simon is an iconic composer for film and contemporary music, tasked with scoring the Avatar films. We were thrilled to contribute Tenebrae’s vocals to Avatar 2 The Way of Water – which has already become… continued


James Bowman

28 March 2023

Nigel shares his memories of the inspirational countertenor James Bowman, who passed away yesterday afternoon. “Immense sadness today to hear of the loss of one of my earliest musical inspirations, countertenor James Bowman. Listening to a recording of James singing the alto arias from Handel’s Messiah on a recording made in King’s College Chapel had… continued


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