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Tenebrae brings you a Century of the Glories of Part-song ranging from exquisite miniatures about the natural world and human experience to complex masterpieces marrying text and song.

Shakespeare, Shelley, Byron, Tennyson and Milton are the inspiration of renowned composers such as Vaughan Williams, Elgar and Holst; the programme being crowned with a performance of Parry’s evocative Songs of Farewell.


Gustav Holst The Evening-Watch

Hubert Parry Songs of Farewell


Edward Elgar O Wild West Wind, Op.53, No.3

Herbert Murrill Two Shakespeare Songs

Jonathan Harvey Song of June

Ralph Vaughan Williams Three Shakespeare Songs

Bob Chilcott Marriage to my Lady Poverty

Judith Bingham The Drowned Lovers

Charles Stanford The Blue Bird

Bob Chilcott The Modern Man I Sing


Nigel Short, Tenebrae