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One of the world’s finest choirs, Tenebrae, visited St John’s last week for a three-day residency which saw the Chapel choir and Schola Cantorum, the School’s chamber choir, receive expert coaching in masterclasses and rehearsals.
The residency, led by the choir’s director Nigel Short, concluded with a concert on Thursday evening in the Chapel in front of an appreciative audience of well over 300 people. During the concert, which included a number of pieces featuring on Tenebrae’s recently released CD Music of the Spheres, the Schola Cantorum sang three pieces including Hubert Parry’s My soul there is a country and Frank Bridge’s The Bee alongside the famous choir.
The concert showcased the very best of Tenebrae’s own motto, ‘passion and precision’, and left a quite ineradicable mark on all who attended. Pupils commented on the quite extraordinary experience as one they would never forget.
The Schola Cantorum will be performing Duruflé’s Requiem later in the term alongside a professional orchestra
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