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Commissions

Tenebrae is a dedicated advocate for contemporary composers having worked with Judith Bingham, Ola GjeiloAlexander L’EstrangeAlexander LevinePaul Mealor, Owain ParkHilary Tann, Sir John Tavener, Joby Talbot and Will Todd, in addition to a recent release of music by Paweł Łukaszewski. The choir is renowned for its highly-acclaimed interpretations of choral music with repertoire ranging from hauntingly passionate works of the Renaissance through to contemporary choral masterpieces. World premiere highlights include:

Sir John Tavener – Mother and Child (2003)

“…an ensemble with enviable standards of power and precision and a remarkable range of colours thanks to the mixture of voices.”– BBC Radio 3 CD Review

Joby Talbot – Path of Miracles (2005)

“an evocative odyssey”– The Times

Hilary Tann – Paradise (2008)

Paradise was commissioned for Tenebrae with support from the Holst Foundation and Welsh Music Guild on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Gŵyl Gregynog Festival.

Judith Bingham – A Walk With Ivor Gurney (2013, recorded in 2018)

“inventive and magical” *****Bachtrack

Owain Park – Footsteps (2017)

“An exceptionally beautiful 16-minute work using an anthology of texts themed around travel, solitude and journeying” *****– Choir and Organ Magazine

Torsten Rasch – A Foreign Field Psalm (2018)

Rasch’s oratorio A Foreign Field was commissioned by the Three Choirs Festival in 2014. A Foreign Field Psalm is a stand-alone choral piece which was written during the compositional process for the oratorio and was premiered by Tenebrae at the Three Choirs Festival in Hereford Cathedral in July 2018.