Having established themselves as firm seasonal favourites upon their debut in 2020, Tenebrae and Artistic Director Nigel Short return to The Bridgewater Hall with a selection of achingly beautiful musical farewells on Mon 6 Nov as part of this year’s International Concert Series.

Promising a heartrending evening of songs charting the voyage from life to death, and the consuming mystery of whatever may lie beyond, the concert opens with Gustav Holst’s vivid, mournful motet The Evening Watch, before moving through a deeply poignant programme by turns delicate and profound, including Sir John Tavener’s Song for Athene, Richard Rodney Bennett’s tender tribute to Linda McCartney, A Good-Night, Joel Thompson’s A Prayer for Deliverance and Herbert Howell’s inimitable a cappella Requiem, concluding with Sir William Harris’ soaring account of John Donne’s passage into heaven, Bring Us, O Lord.

Prior to the show, Joel Thompson joins Nigel Short for a pre-concert talk in which they discuss the programme and conduct a deeper exploration of Thompson’s featured work. Best known for his choral work Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, which earned him the 2018 American Price for Choral Composition, Thompson composed A Prayer for Deliverance as a musical response to the unique emotional tempest of the pandemic, as well as the social turmoil and righteous fury surrounding the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

Click here to book tickets. Student tickets are priced at just £5, subject to availability.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Mon 6 Nov, 7.30pm, The Bridgewater Hall,
Lower Mosley St, Manchester, M2 3WS
, Tel: 0161 907 9000, £15-£37
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Mon 25 Sep 2023