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Sacred Songs - The Secrets of Our Hearts

World-class British vocal ensemble Tenebrae give a special performance, filmed in 2020 under the extraordinary conditions of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Award-winning British choir Tenebrae, under the direction of Nigel Short, is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, renowned for its passion and precision. Normally before Easter, Tenebrae would be preparing for one of its busiest periods in the musical calendar. But as the world finds itself engulfed in one of the biggest health emergencies of modern history, Tenebrae, like many other artistic groups, has been forced to cancel its busy Easter season. Around the world, audiences are unable to attend and hear live music.

In this performance, filmed exclusively for BBC Music, Tenebrae once again breaks new ground in a programme of music for Easter, with all 20 of its singers filmed and recorded separately as they isolate themselves in their own homes. Under the direction of Nigel Short conducting via video link, Tenebrae sings a concert for Easter, including Gregorio Allegri's stunning Miserere, at a time when the world has never needed the medicine of music more.

Tenebrae's repertoire for this specially filmed performance includes the following:

JS Bach – Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden
Lobo – Versa est in luctum
Allegri – Miserere
Purcell/Croft – Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts
Parry – My soul, there is a country
JS Bach – Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein

29 minutes

Last on

Sun 17 Apr 2022 00:30


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:10

    Harry Christophers & The Sixteen



Role Contributor
Choir Tenebrae
Conductor Nigel Short
Editor Perry Bellisario
Sound Supervisor Mike Hatch
Line Producer Charlotte Gazzard
Producer Olivia Howie
Executive Producer Guy Freeman
Executive Producer Ben Weston
Executive Producer Maurice Whitaker


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Music Texts and Translations

Music Texts and Translations

The original texts and translations for all the music performed by Tenebrae.