As the countdown to Three Choirs Festival gets underway we thought we would take a look at some of the events which will form part of the festival this year. This week, Tenebrae:

Monday 30 July, 2.45 pm

This programme marks a gentle reflection on the final year of the World War I centenary, telling a story of loss and an earnest wish for peace. Including many composers with strong connections to the Three Choirs Festival, and the premiere of a psalm originally intended for Torsten Rasch’s 2014 piece A Foreign Field, commissioned to mark the start of the centenary, this is sure to be a moving commemoration from one of the UK’s most exhilaratingly refined vocal ensembles.

Geraint Bowen said: ‘The outstanding vocal ensemble Tenebrae is dedicated by its director, Nigel Short, to “passion and precision” and we are delighted to welcome the group to Hereford for the first time on Monday 30 July. The programme offers a veritable feast of music with an extraordinarily rich selection of music on offer. For many people the highlight of the programme will be a complete performance of Parry’s wonderful Songs of Farewell, compiled in the last two years of his life, but the programme also takes in Howells’ moving motet Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, written after the assassination of President Kennedy, Tavener’s Song for Athene heard by millions at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, and Schoenberg’s fabulous early work Friede auf Erden. There are also works by Judith Bingham and the premiere of A Foreign Field Psalm by Torsten Rasch, originally conceived as part of Rasch’s 2014 Three Choirs commission A Foreign Field.’

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