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Queen of Heaven

20th Anniversary Tour

Award-winning choir Tenebrae returns to Sherborne Abbey with a wide-ranging programme of music composed for the Virgin Mary.

Over the centuries, the Queen of Heaven has inspired countless artists to create some of their most exquisite masterpieces, and this collection is one of dramatic contrasts. The richness of Verdi and Grieg is juxtaposed with the serenity of Gregorian chant, and Parsons’ sixteenth-century setting of the Ave Maria sits alongside Bruckner’s high Romantic interpretation of the same text. A rare performance of Arnold Bax’s Mater ora filium is a particular highlight.


Gorecki: Totus tuus
Parsons: Ave Maria
Bruckner: Ave Maria
Stravinsky: Ave Maria
Britten: Hymn to the virgin
Rebecca Clarke: Ave Maria
Grieg: Ave Maris stella
Bax: Mater ora filium

Owain Park: Ave maris stella
Tavener: Mother of God, here I stand
Sister Sulpitia: Cesis Stabat mater
Chant: Tota pulchra es Maria
Verdi: Laudi alla Vergine Maria
Chant: Ave Regina Coelorum
Swayne: Magnificat
Chant: Salve Regina
Poulenc: Salve Regina
Margaret Rizza: Ave generosa

Venue & Address:

Sherborne Abbey, 3 Abbey Close, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LQ, United Kingdom


Nigel Short, Tenebrae