Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


St John's Smith Square
Smith Square
City of Westminster



Gustav HolstThe Evening-Watch, Op.43 no.1
Charles Hubert Hastings ParrySongs of Farewell
~ Interval ~
Edward ElgarO Wild West Wind, Op.53 no.3
Hubert MurrillTwo Shakespeare Songs
Jonathan HarveySong of June
Ralph Vaughan WilliamsThree Shakespeare songs
Bob ChilcottMarriage to My Lady Poverty
Judith BinghamThe Drowned Lovers
Charles Villiers StanfordThe Blue Bird, Op.119 no.3
Bob ChilcottThe Modern Man I Sing


Tenebrae Choir

Programme Note

To celebrate the launch of their latest disc, Tenebrae brings you a Century of the Glories of Partsong ranging from exquisite miniatures about the natural world and human experience to complex masterpieces marrying text and song.

Shakespeare, Shelley, Byron, Tennyson and Milton are the inspiration of renowned composers such as Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Holst and others; the programme being crowned with a performance of Parry’s evocative Songs of Farewell. This music is liberated by its lack of instrumental accompaniment, able to rejoice in the polyphonic ideals of a cappella choral writing and the craftsmanship and imagination of its creators. The Partsong, like its older cousin the Madrigal, has often been viewed as the poor relation to the Motet and the Mass and while it might be said that the devil has some of the best tunes, the secular world can at least hold its own in this sublime musical art.

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