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TENEBRAE: Concert programme

08. September 2021

Sunday, September 12th at 16.00, Slovene Philharmonic Hall, Ljubljana

Conductor Nigel Short

Alonso Lobo (1555–1617): VERSA EST IN LUCTUM (Officium defunctorum, excerpt)
William Croft (1678–1727)/Henry Purcell (1659–1696): BURIAL SENTENCES (John 11:25-26; Job 19:25-27; 1 Timothy 6:7; Job 1:21)
Thomas Tallis (1505–1585): LOQUEBANTUR VARIIS LANGUIS (Acts 2:4)
Thomas Tallis (1505–1585): SALVATOR MUNDI (Anthem for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross)
Thomas Tallis (1505–1585): TE LUCIS ANTE TERMINUM (Ambrosian Hymn from 7th Century)
Antonio Lotti (1667–1740): CRUCIFIXUS (part of the Nicene Creed 381 A.D)
Gregorio Allegri (1582–1652): MISERERE MEI, DEUS (​Psalm 50 (51))


William Harris (1883–1973): BRING US, O LORD (John Donne)
John Tavener (1944–2013): FUNERAL IKOS (Isabel Hapgood)
Jonathan Harvey (1939–2012): SONG OF JUNE (Wilfred Owen)
Bob Chilcott (1955): BEFORE THE ICE (Emily Dickinson, responsory for Christmas day)
Eric Whitacre (1970): SLEEP (Charles Anthony Silvestri)
William Harris (1983–1973): FAIRE IS THE HEAVEN (Edmund Spenser)

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

Tenebrae has twice secured the award for Best Choral Performance in the BBC Music Magazine Awards (2012 and 2016), and its recording of Fauré’s Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the Gramophone Awards (2013). In 2018, Music of the Spheres, Tenebrae’s album of part songs from the British Isles, received a Grammy nomination. Tenebrae is renowned for its highly-acclaimed interpretations of choral music with repertoire ranging from the Renaissance through to contemporary choral masterpieces and has appeared at major festivals and venues including the BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Leipzig Gewandhaus (Germany) and Melbourne Festival (Australia).

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The phenomenal Tenebrae are finally coming to Slovenia!

27. August 2021

Tenebrae is state-of-the-art in the choral world. Usually described with such superlatives as ‘’phenomenal’’ and ‘’devastatingly beautiful’’, this UK choir is one of the world’s leading vocal ensembles. Directed by Nigel Short, their repertoire ranges from Renaissance through to contemporary choral masterpieces. It will be a privilege to hear them live!

Concert: Sunday, 12 September, 16.00
Venue: Slovenian Philharmonic
Tickets: Buy tickets HERE or use the tickets you bought for the July concert

TICKETS: If you have bought the ticket for the July concert (which was postponed), you can use the same tickets for the September concert as well! If you won’t be coming to the concert and want a refund, then please contact until 6 September 2021 the latest.

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INVITATION: inclusion and environmental sustainability in culture

20. July 2021

We would like to invite you to join us live at Europa Cantat in Ljubljana for a special session on integrating two of the important UN sustainable development goals into your work as a cultural professional.

The session welcomes several speakers to discuss two main topics: inclusion and environmental sustainability. Through this session, we hope to inspire you to discover ways to become a leader on these issues through your own work, and encourage others to do the same.

Participation is free, but registration is required as spaces are limited.

Register here as soon as you can:
When? 14.30-16.30 on 22 July
Where? Theatre Hall of the TV and Radio School

Running an international event during the current pandemic is not an easy task, and since we are bringing people together from different countries with differences in how the pandemic is developing, we have asked all people directly involved in the festival to take a PCR test before leaving home and to do supervised self-tests every other day.
If you are not fully vaccinated or officially considered as recovered and you are not directly involved in the festival, we would therefore kindly ask you to take a self-test or an official fast test before coming. In addition, we kindly ask all attendees of the event, whether vaccinated / recovered or not, to wear a mask while in the building and in the theatre hall.

This event takes place as part of the SHIFT project, coordinated by the European Music Council and co-funded by Erasmus+. The European Choral Association is a partner in the project and coordinates the theme “inclusion”.

For any questions, or If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please contact Sophie Dowden:

Looking forward to seeing you there!
European Choral Association & JSKD

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Listen to EC concerts

19. July 2021

You will be able to follow the next few concerts via live radio broadcast of the 3rd programme of Radio Slovenia – ARS.

✨ 19. 7. 2021 – 19.00: Singer Pur

✨ 21. 7. 2021 – 17.00: Slovenian Philharmonic Choir

✨ 21. 7. 2021 – 21.00: St. Stanislav Girls’ Choir

✨ 22. 7. 2021 – 17.00: Megaron Chamber Choir & Chamber Choir of Conservatory of Music and Ballet Ljubljana

All times are GMT+2.

The Third Programme of Radio Slovenia has a special place in the national radio programme output, because it is dedicated to the areas of culture, art, science and education. It is often named the programme for gourmets: as many as three quarters of the programme are occupied by music, especially serious music, extending from classical music to the latest music pieces. The Programme ARS also broadcasts radio plays, literary broadcasts, professional and scientific essays. The programme orientation of Programme Art makes it a unique culture-arts programme in the country comparable only to such programmes of other EBU members.

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Virtual Foyer

18. July 2021

It was always very important for us to keep the Europa Cantat Festival spirit alive, despite not being able to meet all together in the same place (this time!) and to find a way to gather virtually people from all over the world.

Open 24 hours HERE

During 17 – 22 July, open non-stop, where you get to meet new & old friends from all around Europe and beyond.

With different areas, ranging from the conductors’ LOUNGE, the creative CORNER, the vox BAZAAR, as well as Tivoli PARK, Ljubljana CASTLE and Congress SQUARE, we want to ‘make your stay’ as interactive and entertaining as possible.


Opening Broadcast | July 17 | 19:00
Virtual Help Desk | Daily | 08:00
Closing Broadcast | July 22 | 19:00
Daily input: July 17 – July 22 | 12:30 – 13:00 and 19:00 – 20:00 in some of the following areas:

  • Conductor’s LOUNGE: meet the festival’s discovery atelier conductors, as well as reading sessions and PULSE’s lecturers – connect and ask further questions
  • Vox BAZAAR: discover different choral organisations from across Europe
  • Music CLUB: everything and anything about the musical offer: meet our atelier conductors and the festival’s music commission
  • Creative CORNER: a corner to be creative, to develop ideas, to ask for feedback, to share interesting input
  • Icebreaker AREA: short questions, get-to-know-each other rounds, pub quiz etc

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