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Mixing iconic choral works with music by some of today’s most exciting composers, this varied programme is centred around themes of rest. Joel Thompson’s virtuosic new work is a particular highlight: written for 15 vocal parts, A Prayer for Deliverance (2021) perfectly showcases Tenebrae’s core values of passion and precision. The second half features Herbert Howells’ Requiem – surely one of the most moving works in the English choral repertoire.


Gustav Holst – The Evening-watch
Cecilia McDowall – Standing as I do before God
Francis Pott – The Souls of the Righteous
Caroline Shaw – And the Swallow
Richard Rodney Bennett – A Good-Night
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Rest
Joel Thompson – A Prayer for Deliverance


John Tavener – Song for Athene
Ralph Vaughan Williams – Valiant-for-Truth
Robert Pearsall – Lay a garland
Arthur Sullivan – The long day closes
Herbert Howells – Requiem
1. Salvator mundi
2. Psalm 23
3. Requiem aeternam I
4. Psalm 121
5. Requiem aeternam II
6. I heard a voice from Heaven
William Harris – Bring us, O Lord


Nigel Short, Tenebrae

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Fr. 30-90