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St John's Smith Square
Smith Square
City of Westminster



Orlando GibbonsDrop, drop slow tears


Christian Forshaw – Saxophone
Nigel Short – Conductor


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Programme Note

Full programme
Gibbons: Drop, drop slow tears
Hildegard von Bingen arr. Nigel Short: O vos imitatores
Christian Forshaw: Renouncement
Victoria: The Reproaches
Nigel Short: Tenebrae Responsories: Una hora
Nigel Short: Tenebrae factae sunt
Tallis arr. Christian Forshaw: O nata lux
Christian Forshaw: In paradisum
Tallis: Absterge Domine
Tallis: Te lucis ante terminum
Gibbons arr. Nigel Short: Drop, drop slow tears

Virtuoso saxophonist Christian Forshaw is joined by Nigel Short and a consort of Tenebrae singers in an ethereal sequence of penitential settings for Holy Week. Combining elements of ancient and modern to stunning effect, Forshaw and Tenebrae bring new colours and context to music by Gibbons, Tallis, and Hildegard von Bingen in a series of new arrangements and compositions, many of which will be performed for the first time in this reflective concert.

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