Boys and girls from Solihull School’s Chapel Choir received a masterclass by award-winning conductor Nigel Short before performing with Tenebrae at a sell-out concert.
Nigel, who was born in Solihull, is artistic director of the choir Tenebrae, having also been a member of vocal ensemble The Kings Singers from 1994-2000. He has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The English Chamber Orchestra and the Aurora Orchestra.
Under Nigel’s direction, Tenebrae has collaborated with international orchestras and instrumentalists and is recognised as one of the world’s leading choirs, having performed at festivals including the BBC Proms, Montreux Choral Festival and the Edinburgh Festival.
At the special concert in the school’s chapel, pupils from Solihull joined Tenebrae to perform ‘Russian Treasures’, sacred choral music from the Russian Orthodox Church. The masterclass and concert were made possible with the support of a former pupil and chorister of Solihull.
School organist and choirmaster Oliver Walker said: “Nigel Short and Tenebrae are known for their passionate and precise performance style. We have an excellent choir here at Solihull. The opportunity to learn from such a celebrated conductor and to sing alongside one of the world’s greatest choirs stretches them even further, opening their eyes to an even higher level of performance.”