Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Elite Choir Race Ahead of Rivals

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Elite Choir Race Ahead of Rivals

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Byline: BARRY MILLINGTON

CLASSICAL

Tenebrae St Luke's Church, SW3

LIT by candles held in medieval French candelabra and dressed in purple cassocks, the newly reformed choir Tenebrae made a striking impression.

Their programme interwove plainsong, traditional and modern, with a penchant for the atmospheric and the spiritual.

Their patronage extends to the glamorous world of Formula One racing, however, and the spirituality is cleverly marketed.

But why not? There is a demand for chant, ritual and purpureal solemnity these days and Tenebrae have found a niche.

They also happen to be a crack vocal ensemble. With singers drawn from such choirs as King's College, Cambridge, Westminster Abbey and Cathedral, and St Paul's Cathedral, this is a truly elite choir, and the Ave Verum by Colin Mawby at the start of the programme was electrifying.

Sung from a few feet behind those of us at the back, the climaxes were enough to lift us out of our pew. …

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