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Tenebrae is delighted to be collaborating with cellist Oliver Coates for a seasonal sequence of French and English music.

Choral works by Poulenc and Warlock are contrasted with Saint-Saëns’ Prière and Jonathan Harvey’s fascinating Lauds for choir and cello. Lauds was inspired by the first Benedictine office before daybreak, when monks are summoned to the rising of the sun.

The evening ends with Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols with cello.


Poulenc Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël FP 152
Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine with cello obbligato
Debussy Trois chansons de Charles d’Orleans
Saint-Saëns Prière Op.158
Harvey Lauds
Anon Angelus ad Virginem
Howard Skempton Adam lay y-bounden
Warlock Benedicamus Domino
Warlock I saw a fair maiden
John Luther Adams Three High Places for solo cello
Britten A Hymn to the Virgin
Will Todd My Lord has come
Vaughan Williams Fantasia on carols with organ and cello

Artist Information

Nigel Short Conductor
Oliver Coates Cello


Nigel Short, Tenebrae