Tenebrae - A Prayer for Deliverance

7.30PM Tuesday, 19th September 2023 (1 hour, 45 minutes)

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 in 15 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. Associated with the untimely death of Howells’ young son Michael, the work remained unknown until it was finally published just three years before Howells’ own death in 1983. The programme concludes with Bring us, O Lord by William Harris, Organist of St George’s Chapel from 1933-1961, and was first heard in this Chapel on 29 October 1959, and which was sung at the Committal Service of Queen Elizabeth II at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on 19 September 2022.


Nigel Short Director

Programme to include:

Gustav 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 Athene
Robert Pearsall Valiant for Truth
Arthur Sullivan The Long Day Closes
Herbert Howells Requiem
William Harris Bring us, O Lord

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes

There will be a pre-concert Reception for Festival Members and their guests.

Ticket Price: Quire (No view of performance) £9
  Nave Aisles   £18
  Central Nave B, A (A is front half of Nave) £30, £36
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