The Bridgewater Hall - International Concert Series 23-24 - Tenebrae

Tenebrae - A Prayer for Deliverance

International Concert Series 

Monday 06 November 2023 7.30pm

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Event Timings
Main entrance doors :
Pre-Concert Talk*: 6.00pm
Nigel Short is joined by composer Joel Thompson to discuss tonight’s programme
Auditorium Doors: 7.00pm
Concert Start: 7.30pm
Interval: 8.10pm
Concert finish – 9.10pm

Timings will be updated closer to the concert date. Please check the website on the afternoon of the performance for up-to-date information. All timings are approximate and are subject to change.

Tenebrae - A Prayer for Deliverance

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Nigel Short

Holst The Evening Watch
Cecilia McDowall Standing as I do before God
Francis Pott The Souls of the Righteous
Caroline Shaw And the Swallow
Bennett A Good-Night
Vaughan Williams Rest; Valiant-for-Truth
Joel Thompson A Prayer for Deliverance
Tavener Song for Athene
Pearsall Lay a Garland
Arthur Sullivan The Long Day Closes
Howells Requiem
Harris Bring us, O Lord

One of the world’s finest choirs returns to Manchester with a beautifully crafted collection of musical farewells.

Nigel Short and Tenebrae have become firm favourites at the Bridgewater Hall debut since their debut here in 2020. For this year’s International Concert Series, they’ve shaped an exquisite programme of music tracing the passage of life into death – and whatever may lie beyond.

Opening with Gustav Holst’s haunting motet and closing with Sir William Harris’s setting of John Donne’s transcendent journey ‘into the house and gate of Heaven’, the concert also takes in Sir John Tavener’s homage to a departed family friend, Richard Rodney Bennett’s vivid tribute to Linda McCartney, Caroline Shaw’s setting of Psalm 84 and Herbert Howells’ peerless a cappella Requiem.

*Nigel Short (Artistic Director, Tenebrae) is joined by composer Joel Thompson to discuss tonight’s programme, including Joel’s recent work A Prayer for Deliverance. Joel is an Atlanta-based composer, conductor, and educator best known for his choral work Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, for which he won the 2018 American Prize for Choral Composition. He is also composer-in-residence at Houston Grand Opera. A Prayer for Deliverance was composed in 2021 for the Yale Glee Club, Morse Chorale and Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble, and in it Joel seeks to respond to the turmoil experienced during the pandemic, and around the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in the US. The work was premiered in a virtual performance by the commissioning choirs in 2021, and received its UK premiere by Tenebrae at Windsor Festival earlier this season.

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