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CANCELLED: Tenebrae at Ely Cathedral

Wednesday 17 June 7.30pm (ends approx 9.15pm)

We return to the awe-inspiring Ely Cathedral for Tenebrae’s exploration of Catholic splendour and Russian Orthodox fervour, centred on the music and influences of John Tavener.

In his early career Tavener was fascinated by the ornate rituals of Catholicism, as exemplified by Tallis’s spectacular 40-part motet Spem in alium – preceded here by the UK premiere of Unsuk Chin’s specially-composed prelude – but in 1977 he joined the Russian Orthodox Church.

The works which followed his conversion, music of radiant beauty and transcendental simplicity, were inspired by the distinctive sound of Russian Orthodox choral music – warm, tender and, with its remarkable ‘oktavist’ sub-bass voice, as awesome as the setting.

In the light of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, it is with enormous sadness that we have to cancel the 2020 Aldeburgh Festival.

In these difficult times, our critical focus remains maintaining our vital work supporting artists and communities, and we rely on ticket sales and philanthropy to deliver the majority of this wide-ranging activity. We are living in uncertain times, but we know that music and the arts has the power to make positive change in people’s lives. When we emerge from this lockdown period, this mission will be more important than ever.

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All of us at Snape Maltings thank you for your generous support during this uncertain time and wish you and those closest to you strength for the days to come.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Snape again soon.

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Nigel Short director

Tavener Song for Athene 5’
Gretchanninov Niine silye 6’
Rachmaninov Hymn to the Cherubim 4’
Tavener Pater noster 2’
Golovanov Otche nash 5’
Tavener The Lamb 3’
Two hymns to the Mother of God 7’
Chesnokov Tebe poem 3’
Tavener Mother and Child 10’
Glinka Hymn to the Cherubim 4’
Rachmaninov Blazhen muz 5’
Unsuk Chin Nulla est finis – a prelude to ‘Spem in alium 3’ (UK premiere)
Tallis Spem in alium 10’