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Tenebrae Choir

17th October, 19:30 at Town Church

Described as “phenomenal” (The Times) and “devastatingly beautiful” (Gramophone Magazine), award-winning choir Tenebrae is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles, renowned for its passion and precision.

Under the direction of Nigel Short, Tenebrae performs at major festivals and venues across the globe, including the BBC Proms, Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Rheingau Musik Festival and Sydney Festival. The choir has earned international acclaim for its interpretations of choral works from the Renaissance through to contemporary masterpieces, and it regularly commissions new music. It has enjoyed collaborations with some of the UK’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia. Tenebrae has won two BBC Music Magazine Awards and an Edison Classical Music Award, and earned a Grammy nomination for its album ‘Music of the Spheres’. The ensemble also undertakes regular session work, most recently contributing the vocals for the soundtrack to blockbuster sci-fi movie Avatar: The Way of Water (2022). 

Alongside its performance and recording schedule, Tenebrae runs a thriving Learning & Connection programme, through which it works with hundreds of children, young people and amateur singers each year.


Sing - Watch - Learn - Enjoy

Guernsey Choirs

Guernsey has an extraordinary number of choirs. Have a look at the line up to see who’s singing! If your choir wants to be involved too, get in touch.


There will be daily performances throughout the festival at a number of different venues.Take a look at the programme here!

A message from our Patron: Richard McMahon, Bailiff of Guernsey

As a choir member myself, I am delighted to be the patron of the Guernsey Choral Festival. The Bailiwick is fortunate in having an extraordinarily vibrant, rich and diverse choral tradition, which brings together people from every section of the community to make music of all kinds. The Festival provides a wonderful opportunity both to celebrate and to enhance this tradition, and the exciting range of events that is planned means that everyone should find something to enjoy, whatever their musical tastes. I wish the Festival every success in this its inaugural year, and for many years to come.

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Tuesday, 10 October, 7.30pm

Join us for a feel-good final
evening of the Guernsey Choral Festival as our Community Choirs come together for an exciting performance of pop favourites. These amazing choirs have a mission to promote mental health awareness and give incredible support to hundreds of islanders through singing. It’s going to be a high energy evening, so come along to join in the fun!