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‘A Walk with Ivor Gurney’ Appeal Launch

Posted on 8 March 2018

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We need your help to support Tenebrae’s next recording project – A Walk with Ivor Gurney – for release on Signum Classics. This exciting project also features the Aurora Orchestra, Dame Sarah Connolly (mezzo soprano) and Simon Callow (narrator).

About the Recording

A Walk with Ivor Gurney is a piece by Judith Bingham commissioned by Tenebrae in 2013 and subsequently performed at Gloucester Cathedral in September that year with the renowned mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly.

This work will form part of an album of choral music celebrating the works of Ivor Gurney, whose promising career as a composer was interrupted by World War I. Alongside four pieces of Gurney’s own music will be works by his contemporaries, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells. For the recording, Tenebrae will be joined by soloist Dame Sarah Connolly and the Aurora Orchestra with actor Simon Callow narrating Vaughan Williams’ An Oxford Elegy. Sessions have taken place in January  at St Giles-without-Cripplegate, London and will conclude April 2018.

About the Appeal

The choir operates as a registered charity and Tenebrae’s achievements are only made possible by the generous support of our donors who believe in our innovative work. A recording project of this nature requires a big investment from the choir: Tenebrae is responsible for all the artist costs, with our colleagues at Signum Classics then producing, distributing and promoting the album for all over the world.

The album is due for release on Friday 19th October 2018 in advance of our launch concert at Wigmore Hall – Tenebrae’s debut at this prestigious venue – with Dame Sarah Connolly on Wednesday 24th October 2018. We have had the first sessions at St. Giles-without-Cripplegate Church in London in January and hope to complete the project with the final sessions in April 2018.

We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the Vaughan Williams Trust and the backers on our crowdfunding campaign. Whilst we have reached our initial £5000 target, we now have the next challenge: getting the disc to the widest possible audience. Extra pledges received between now and our deadline on April 19th will help towards our tour of some of this wonderful music. We will present an evocative programme, We Will Remember Them, to mark the World War I centenary.

By donating through this platform, you will also be invited to become a Tenebrae Friend or Patron. We are always eager to develop a lasting relationship with our donors and engage them through opportunities to see the benefits of their kind support through invitations to rehearsals, concerts, recording days and exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ opportunities. For accounting purposes, your donation will be recorded under unrestricted funds for Tenebrae New Project Development Fund.

Thank you

Please make a pledge now on our crowdfunder page here and help us spread the word by sharing our campaign online via social media using the hashtag #TenebraeGurney and mentioning @TenebraeChoir.

Thank you for your support – we couldn’t do it without you!

If you have any questions about the campaign, or Tenebrae in general, please email [email protected]

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