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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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Live Radio Concert

17th September 2021

We so enjoyed our visit to the Europa Cantat Festival in Ljubljana, the capital of sunny Slovenia! Thanks to the festival and audience for a warm welcome. Our programme, combining pillars of the choral repertoire old and new, was broadcast live on Radio Slovenia and is now available online:


Nigel's Blog

Nigel’s Blog: September 2021

6th September 2021

It seems pretty surreal that these last few weeks have been as busy as any we’ve experienced over the last 20 years for Tenebrae. What with all the difficulties of international travel, it makes our list of venues all the more remarkable and ... continued

Nigel's Blog

Nigel’s Blog: July 2021

6th July 2021

Well, I find myself in the rather fortunate position of at least having something to write a blog about over these last few months. Slowly but surely it feels as if things are getting back to normal, at least in terms of having dates in the d... continued


Sir Roger Gifford

26th May 2021

It is with great sadness that we heard today of the passing of Sir Roger Gifford, Chairman of our Board of Trustees. Our first thoughts and prayers are with Clare and Roger’s family at this time, and to whom on behalf of myself, all our singers past ... continued


2,000 mile challenge!

28th April 2021

We are so pleased to be included among the 16 brilliant charities in the UK Simon at Charity Hikes is raising money for throughout 2021, with his walking challenge. Simon is aiming to raise £1,000 for each charity, by covering an incredible 2,000 miles, walking for 8 months!

Culture Recovery Funding

2nd April 2021

“We’re absolutely delighted to have been awarded a grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund. The past 12 months have been the most difficult in Tenebrae’s 20-year history, with concert work almost completely drying up, and support from the CRF ... continued


Lady Valerie Solti

2nd April 2021

Nigel Short writes:

It is with great sadness that we have learned of Lady Valerie Solti’s passing. Valerie was a most wonderful supporter and Patron of Tenebrae, a close friend of our late co-founder Barbara Pollock, and was with us every step of the... continued


Holy Week Festival 2021

22nd February 2021

A Moment of Stillness from the Heart of the City

Each year, we partner with St. John’s Smith Square to present our annual Holy Week Festival. Showcasing some of the world’s finest ensembles, this week-long programme celebrates the vast range of... continued

Featured Events

Saturday 16th October 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm

Sun, Moon, Sea & Stars

Associate ArtistsVirtual Events

Wiltshire Music Centre

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom

Friday 22nd October 2021, 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Humanity & Liberty

20th Anniversary Tour

City of Derry International Choir Festival

St Columb’s Cathedral, Londonderry, United Kingdom

Tuesday 9th November 2021, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Bach and MacMillan

London Bach Society

St. Bartholoew the Great, London, United Kingdom

Saturday 13th November 2021, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

Medieval Chant and Tallis Lamentations

The Beaulieu Abbey Church

Beaulieu Abbey Church, Brockenhurst, United Kingdom

Saturday 20th November 2021, 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm

A Hymn of Heavenly Beauty

Festival en Voix!

Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, Compiègne, France

We're shining the spotlight on amazing composers from Poland in our next London concert at @smitf_london! 🇵🇱🎶 Experience 'Joy & Devotion', curated by @Lukaszewski_Pa, live on 4th November Tickets: @culture_pl #tenebrae #choir #choral #singing #concert