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Tune in to Tenebrae: Isolation Edition

Tune in to Tenebrae – isolation edition: Lissie Paul and Toby Ward

Posted on 6th April 2020

Lissie: Funnily enough, we’ve both picked tracks from the same Tenebrae album, Songs of Farewell; it was the first recording of Tenebrae’s I heard and contains some of my all-time favourite music. It’s so hard to choose between the numbers on the CD, let alone between the individual movements of the Parry! I have to go for the last two: At the Round Earth’s Imagined Corners and Lord, Let Me Know Mine End. It’s incredibly emotional and beautifully crafted music which always reminds me of those who are no longer with us, particularly my grandad, making it very special to sing.

Toby: It has to be Bring us, O Lord God, William Harris for me. This is always sung at the last evensong of the choir year at York Minster. I first heard it there as a young lad, and the return to the original key at the end of the piece absolutely stunned me; I couldn’t wait to find a recording and score and look through it! John Donne’s remarkable depiction of heaven is an equal part of this very special piece. I’m seriously hoping Nigel programmes it lots when we return to music making after this period has passed!

Lissie: John Mayer is a long-time favourite of mine (and now Toby’s), in particular Waiting on the World to Change (unintentionally appropriate…) from his album Continuum. I saw him live in London last October and he didn’t disappoint! His music always results in a nostalgic trip back to University days when I would listen to his albums on repeat whilst dancing round my room – the best way to procrastinate!

We are currently hiding up in Otley, Wharfedale where we are surrounded by beautiful countryside to walk in. We’ve also been picking wild Garlic (Ransoms), bird-spotting (in particular hearing and seeing the Curlews), and watching the little lambs in the fields. And A LOT of baking!

Listen to our full lock-down playlist on Spotify here.