Tenebrae

Tenebrae

Choir

• Founded 2001

Biography

Tenebrae is a professional chamber choir formed and founded by King's Singers alum Nigel Short. It has established itself as a leading international choir through its performances, active touring schedule, and growing recording catalog.

Tenebrae was conceived by Short while he was a member of the King's Singers; he was looking for a group with more flexibility for performing. Tenebrae was founded by Short and Barbara Pollock, with Short serving as the artistic director since the founding. Tenebrae's premiere came in London in 2001, with a performance of Short's The Dream of Herod. The group's main focus has been on medieval chant and Renaissance pieces, but it has also taken into account more contemporary source material for a new take on a very old sound. The choir, whose members have backgrounds in some of the U.K.'s leading choral groups, has toured all over the world and performed in such places as Spain, Bermuda, and the U.S. A unique aspect of Tenebrae's performances is in performing only in candlelight and that the choir moves about the venue during its appearances. The difficulty of which led to the lighting -- as it were -- being taken care of in-house, by Short and Tenebrae.

The majority of Tenebrae's recordings have been released on Signum Classics, though the group has recorded for other labels. One of these was a performance of Mozart and Haydn with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe on Warner Classics. In 2016, Tenebrae released Music of the Spheres on Bene Arte, earning a Grammy nomination, and in 2018, the group issued A Walk with Ivor Gurney, on Signum Classics.

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