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Tenebrae Choir present programme dedicated to Ivor Gurney

FCM members in the South West may be interested in attending concerts at Exeter and Truro Cathedrals on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st September.

Tenebrae, one of the world’s most virtuosic professional choirs, presents a powerful pairing of poetry and music in a range of works by Elgar, Gurney, Howells, Parry and Tavener to mark the World War One centenary. Directed by former King’s Singer, Nigel Short, Tenebrae returns to Exeter and Truro Cathedrals for a second successive year. Candlelight and an imaginative use of the concert space draws out the choir’s trademark passion and precision, guaranteeing Tenebrae at its dramatic best.

Tenebrae (Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke)

Ivor Gurney’s elegiac compositions, which are often shadowed by his better-known poetic output,  emphasise the importance of remembrance. Music by Gurney and his contemporaries together with a new commission by Judith Bingham for mezzo soprano solo and choir, precede Schoenberg’s unaccompanied choral plea for peace on earth. The British have a culture of commemoration in music and the choral tradition possesses an unmistakable role in giving voice and words to this
sentiment.

PROGRAMME
Edward Elgar: They are at rest
John Tavener: Song for Athene
Ivor Gurney: Since I Believe in God the Father Almighty
Judith Bingham: A Walk with Ivor Gurney (new commission; soloist Martha McLorinan)
Herbert Howells: Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing
Hubert Parry: Songs of Farewell
Arnold Schoenberg: Friede auf Erden

Date: Thursday 20th September (Exeter) and Friday 21st September  (Truro)

Time: 19:30 (2 halves of 45 minutes)
Venues: Exeter and Truro Cathedrals respectively
Tickets: £5-£28 | Box Office: www.tenebrae-choir.com/events