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Sounds of the Solstice

20th Anniversary Tour
  • 8 February 2022
  • 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
  • Wigmore Hall
  • Wigmore Hall

We are delighted to continue our 20th anniversary celebrations with this performance at London’s iconic Wigmore Hall.

Tenebrae is joined by harpist Olivia Jageurs in this dramatic programme charting a journey through the seasons from darkness to light, centring around the winter and summer solstices. The coldest winter is captured in Maxwell Davies’ O Magnum Mysterium and Poulenc’s chilling Un soir de neige, set alongside a Tenebrae commission for male voices from acclaimed British composer Joanna Marsh. Ešenvalds’ ethereal Stars sets a new tone before Holst’s Hymns from the Rig Veda (written for female voices and harp) hail the coming of spring. The programme culminates with John Rutter’s heartfelt thanks to God, Hymn to the Creator of Light.

Journeys of discovery, intensity and character deliver an incremental power which draws as much on tranquillity as any display of sheer vocal panache – which they also happen to have in spades. – BBC Radio 3


Bennett – The Seasons of his Mercies
Bob Chilcott – Before the Ice
Joanna Marsh – In Winter’s House
Peter Maxwell Davies – O Magnum Mysterium
Jeffrey Mumford – Caprice: A Homage to Poulenc
Poulenc – Un soir de neige


Esenvalds – Stars
Holst arr. Olivia Jageurs – Venus from The Planets (arranged for solo harp)
Holst – Hymns from the Rig Veda (I, II, III)
Elgar – O Wild West Wind
Healey Willam – Rise Up My Love
James MacMillan – O Radiant Dawn
Harvey – Song of June
John Rutter – Hymn to the Creator of Light

Venue & Address:

Wigmore Hall, 36 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2BP, United Kingdom


Nigel Short, Tenebrae