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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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Holy Week Festival, 14 – 20 April 2019

Tenebrae and St John’s Smith Square proudly present a vast range of sacred music in celebration of Holy Week

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Blogs

Holy Week Festival Q&A: Sir James MacMillan

15th March 2019

As a composer-conductor, what are the some of the differences between conducting your own music and listening to others’ interpretations? Do you have a preference?

When I conduct a piece of my own, I have to learn it from scratc... continued

News

New Tenebrae Associate Artists for 2019-2020

6th March 2019

Congratulations to Victoria Meteyard, Hannah King and Joseph Edwards who will be joining Benedict Flinn as Tenebrae Associate Artists from September 2019.

In addition to performing with the choir in concerts across the UK and... continued

Blogs

Holy Week Festival Q+A: Tom Herring, SANSARA

29th March 2019

What inspired the programme you’re bringing to the Holy Week Festival? Tell us a bit about the music and what we should listen out for.

Northern Rites is a programme that combines music by James MacMillan with pieces and arrange... continued

Nigel's Blog

Nigel’s Blog: February 2019

7th February 2019

Happy new year to all. Hope you’ve put on loads of weight with excessive amounts of good cheer and the like and are now enjoying the effects after a cleansing January. I’m certainly not!

It is with a heavy heart that I write to you all wi... continued

Blogs

Guest Blog: Benedict Flinn – Associate Artist

11th January 2019

A youthful Tenebrae consort made our way on December 2nd for our first of two weeks in France. The trip would involve five concerts in Marseille and Provence, and a final sixth concert in Aix-en-Provence with the full Tenebrae ... continued

Featured Events

Monday 15th July 2019, 7:30 pm

Russian Treasures

St Bartholomew-the-Great, London, United Kingdom

Thursday 22nd August 2019, 8:00 pm

LE CHANT DU C(H)ŒUR

Franziskanerkirche, Luzern, Switzerland

#tb to our busiest day of #HolyWeek last week, Good Friday. Workshop, rehearsals, @jamesmacm’s breathtaking Seven L… https://t.co/nWPvT4LhJk

  • #tb to our busiest day of #HolyWeek last week, Good Friday. Workshop, rehearsals, James MacMillan’s breathtaking Seven Last Cross from the Cross with @brittensinfonia1, all rounded off with our last liturgical event. Phew! @stjohnssmithsquare #SJSSHolyWeek #JMacMillan60 .....#tenebrae #concert #workshop #holyweek #festival #choral #music #choir

    #tb to our busiest day of #HolyWeek last week, Good Friday. Workshop, rehearsals, James MacMillan’s breathtaking Seven Last Cross from the Cross with @brittensinfonia1, all rounded off with our last liturgical event. Phew! @stjohnssmithsquare #SJSSHolyWeek #JMacMillan60 …..#tenebrae #concert #workshop #holyweek #festival #choral #music #choir
  • The last concert of Holy Week this evening is the Associate Artists at the Hertford International Concert Series with Rhys Watkins and Rowena Calvert. 19:30 tonight at Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo. .....#tenebrae #concert #associateartists #bach #choir #choral #music

    The last concert of Holy Week this evening is the Associate Artists at the Hertford International Concert Series with Rhys Watkins and Rowena Calvert. 19:30 tonight at Holy Trinity Church, Bengeo. …..#tenebrae #concert #associateartists #bach #choir #choral #music
  • As the curtain falls on #SJSSHolyWeek, here’s a time lapse of our late-night service earlier this week: the lighting and extinguishing of the Tenebrae candles. Huge thanks to all the amazing artists who joined us this year, and to all of you who came to share in this wonderful music....#holyweek #easter #tenebrae #candles #choir

    As the curtain falls on #SJSSHolyWeek, here’s a time lapse of our late-night service earlier this week: the lighting and extinguishing of the Tenebrae candles. Huge thanks to all the amazing artists who joined us this year, and to all of you who came to share in this wonderful music….#holyweek #easter #tenebrae #candles #choir
  • TONIGHT! MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross with @brittensinfonia1, Good Friday 8pm, @stjohnssmithsquare as part of the Holy Week Festival. Tickets at link in bio ️ #SJSSHolyWeek #JMacMillan60

    TONIGHT! MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross with @brittensinfonia1, Good Friday 8pm, @stjohnssmithsquare as part of the Holy Week Festival. Tickets at link in bio ️ #SJSSHolyWeek #JMacMillan60
  • We're incredibly excited to be rehearsing with the fabulous @brittensinfonia1 this morning! Join us tomorrow night for our performance of MacMillan's heart-rendingly beautiful Seven Last Words from the Cross..CAUTION: Bring your hankies. This is strong stuff....#SJSSHolyWeek#JMacMillan60 #HolyWeek #GoodFriday

    We're incredibly excited to be rehearsing with the fabulous @brittensinfonia1 this morning! Join us tomorrow night for our performance of MacMillan's heart-rendingly beautiful Seven Last Words from the Cross..CAUTION: Bring your hankies. This is strong stuff….#SJSSHolyWeek#JMacMillan60 #HolyWeek #GoodFriday

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