Award-winning British choir Tenebrae coming to Athens

October 17, 2019

Tenebrae posing in a large, arched hallway.

ATHENS, Ga. — UGA Presents is bringing the award-winning British choir Tenebrae to Athens Nov. 10 for a 3 p.m. performance in Hodgson Concert Hall. Tenebrae’s program will feature Joby Talbot’s modern masterpiece, Path of Miracles, and Owain Park’s newly commissioned Footsteps which will be performed with UGA’s Hodgson Singers.

Based in London, Tenebrae was founded 15 years ago by Nigel Short, a former member of the renowned King’s Singers, who also serves as the choir’s music director. The ensemble is regularly engaged with the world’s finest orchestras and has performed at major festivals and venues including the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Germany’s Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Melbourne Festival in Australia.

In 2012 Tenebrae was the first ensemble ever to receive multiple nominations in the same category for the BBC Music Magazine Awards, winning the Best Choral Performance honor for the album, Requiem Mass, 1605. Tenebrae received its second BBC Music Magazine Award in 2016 for Brahms and Bruckner Motets, the profits from which benefit the UK’s Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tenebrae’s album of songs from the British Isles, Music of the Spheres, was nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award.

Tickets for the Tenebrae concert start at $45 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. A limited number of discounted tickets are available to current UGA students for $10 with a valid UGA ID (limit one ticket per student).

A pre-performance talk will be given by Theresa Chafin, a graduate of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The talk begins at 2:15 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall and is open to the public.

The performance is supported by Don Schneider and Julie Cashin-Schneider and Julia Marlowe, Athens Home Inventories, Inc.

The Tenebrae concert is part of Spotlight on the Arts. Presented by the University of Georgia Arts Council, Spotlight on the Arts runs Nov. 6-17 and includes dozens of exhibitions and performances in the visual, literary and performing arts.

Hodgson Concert Hall and Ramsey Concert Hall are located in the UGA Performing Arts Center at 230 River Road in Athens.