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Guest blog: Beth Partridge – Associate Artist

Posted on 2 July 2019

This summer sees my final few months as an Associate Artist with Tenebrae, and what an amazing journey it’s been! I’m so grateful to Nigel and his brilliant team for welcoming me on board, particular thanks go to Helen Daniels, Jessy Croghan, Henry Southern, Charlotte Nohavicka, Esther Poole and Alex Davies whose tireless work over these last few years has been beyond measure and helped this great organisation go from strength to strength.

Associate Artists 2018-2019: Bethany Partridge (Soprano), Elisabeth Paul (Alto), Benedict Flinn (Tenor), and Owain Park (Bass)

Some of my personal highlights include trips to America (2016 and 2018) and Australia (2017), the 2017-2018 UK tour of Joby Talbot’s mesmerising Path of Miracles and our own Associate Artist ‘solo’ adventure to Marseille last Christmas where we performed twelve concerts of small ensemble Christmas music. Our outreach work has been immensely rewarding and we have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of young singers. We have worked regularly with Richard Frostick at the Islington Music Centres and members of the London Youth Choir, preparing their singers for collaborative concerts with Tenebrae and on their own repertoire. In October 2018 we travelled up to Dundee three times to work with local schools preparing a performance to mark the opening of the new V&A museum there. Those long train journeys along the east coast passed a lot faster with great company from my colleagues Owain Park, Lissie Paul and Benna Flynn and some competitive games of Monopoly Deal, Exploding Kittens and cards.

This summer 2019 season we have been busy touring our Spanish Glories of the Sixteenth Century programme, a beautiful evening reflection of sacred Requiem and Tenebrae Responsory texts set by Victoria. We’ve been from beautiful churches in Guildford, Fairford and Newbury to the sublime acoustics of King’s College, Cambridge and abroad to late-night appreciative audiences of Cremona, Italy.

I wish the best of luck to the new incoming Associate Artists and look forward to being back very soon for some exciting tours in the Autumn – keep an eye on the events page for more info.

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