Tenebrae Consort is an ensemble of singers handpicked from the award-winning choir Tenebrae, focusing on repertoire originally conceived for consort performance. An exceptional group of musicians, Tenebrae Consort highlights the vocal quality of the individuals who make up the trademark ‘Tenebrae’ sound whilst creating an intimate concert experience. Known for their combination of instinctive ensemble skills and masterful solo abilities, the singers also perform alongside chamber groups of leading instrumentalists and have collaborated with the Chilingirian Quartet and viol consort Phantasm.
Six-piece viol consort Phantasm and the eight voices of Nigel Short’s Tenebrae delivered impeccable, exquisite performances, breathing and flowing together with near miraculous ensemble and an astonishingly pure sense of intonation… rich, warm and thrillingly expressive… achingly beautiful.
– The Arts Desk
Led by Artistic Director Nigel Short, Tenebrae Consort released its debut disc, Medieval Chant and Tallis Lamentations (2014), on Tenebrae’s own label Bene Arte, which received glowing reviews from Gramophone Magazine and BBC Music Magazine, as well as releasing a recording of works and arrangements by Bob Chilcott entitled Sun, Moon, Sea and Stars (2016). Festival appearances have included performances across the UK in Alderney, Champs Hill, Lammermuir, London, Malling, Swaledale and Shrewsbury, alongside international appearances in Corsica, Cuenca, Santander and Zamora.
The performance of Tallis’s Lamentations is majestically dark and intense, displaying this group’s famous sensitivity toward musical structure, as well as their exquisite harmonic control.
– BBC Music Magazine
Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae is one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. In 2016 Tenebrae received its second BBC Music Magazine Award for a recording of Brahms and Bruckner Motets, the profits from the sale of which benefit Macmillan Cancer Support. The 2017-18 season sees the return of Tenebrae’s popular Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square, London, as well as concerts throughout the UK, Europe, USA and the choir’s debut in Australia.
…the ethereal vocal purity of Tenebrae… was like heaven on earth.
– The Scotsman
‘Passion and Precision’ are Tenebrae’s core values. Through its continued dedication to performance of the highest quality, Tenebrae’s vision is to deliver dramatic programming, flawless performances and unforgettable experiences, allowing audiences around the world to be moved by the power and intimacy of the human voice.
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